Experts are asking for a public debate on Gene Editing, which many believe creates many ethical issues – including critics warning of “designer babies.”
According to Reuters,
Medical researchers called on Wednesday for detailed, thoughtful debate on future use of new genetic technology that has the potential to create “designer babies”.
The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit virtually any gene they target, including in human embryos, enabling them to find and change or replace genetic defects.
Describing CRISPR as “game-changing”, the Wellcome Trust global medical charity and four other leading British research organisations urged the scientific community to proceed considerately, allowing time and space for ethical debate.
“This raises important ethical and regulatory questions which need to be anticipated and explored in a timely and inclusive manner,” they said in a joint statement.
Wellcome’s senior policy adviser Katherine Littler added: “It’s essential we start these discussions early … involving scientists, ethicists, doctors, regulators, patients and their families and the wider public.”
No matter how this all plays out, a discussion is an important part of any new technology. Read more here about Gene Editing & the Potential for Designer Babies.