New U.S. Experiments Aim To Create Gene-Edited Human Embryos
A scientist in New York is conducting experiments designed to modify DNA in human embryos as a step toward someday preventing inherited diseases, NPR has learned.
For now, the work is confined to a laboratory. But the research, if successful, would mark another step toward turning CRISPR, a powerful form of gene editing, into a tool for medical treatment.
A Chinese scientist sparked international outrage in November when he announced that he had used the same technique to create the world's first gene-edited human babies. He said his goal was to protect them from infection with HIV, a claim that was criticized because there are safe, effective and far less controversial ways of achieving that goal....
Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA and winner of a Nobel Prize in the Sciences, said that genetics prove that blacks cannot achieve the same level of intelligence as other people. He based his statement on facts, yet he made a lot of people upset. I don't understand why, do you? It's like asking...why aren't more whites playing professional basketball--is there some kind of discrimination going on?
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SA referenced article wrote: ...Urnov worries about any such research proceeding.
"We need to hit the pause button and keep it pressed until we understand how do we proceed in a way that minimizes the risk of people going rogue," Urnov says.
Urnov and others argue society needs a much broader debate about whether there is a truly a compelling reason to ever try to make any more gene-edited babies. There are many other ways to prevent genetic diseases, they note....
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