Our central point in this blog is that all of the concerns that have so far been expressed in relation to germline editing are concerns for any new technology. Research ethics processes exist to ensure the protection of human participants in such research. There is already a moratorium on, and discouragement of, unsafe research

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The ability to precisely and accurately change almost any part of any genome, even in complex species such as humans, may soon become a reality through genome editing. But with great power comes great responsibility – and few subjects elicit such heated debates about moral rights and wrongs

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Embryo Engineering Alarm

March 19, 2015

In 1975, the Asilomar conference center hosted a meeting where molecular biologists, physicians, and lawyers crafted guidelines for research that altered the DNA of living organisms. Now, scientists are calling for another Asilomar—this time to discuss the possibility of genetically engineered human beings

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Research that uses powerful gene-editing techniques on human embryos needs to be restricted, scientists agree — but they are split over why

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