The concern is largely ethical. The reality is that biologists probably couldn’t produce designer babies even if they wanted to

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“It’s easy to get on your high horse when you’re not in our position,” she said. “If editing an IVF embryo is the best option to mitigate the pain that a child would otherwise suffer, then give us the choice.”

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A registry could keep human gene editing aboveboard, David Baltimore says

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The international committee of 18 researchers and bioethicists, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, over the past 2 days, also agreed with the widespread consensus that it would be “irresponsible at this time for anyone to proceed with clinical applications of human germline genome editing.”

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To be successful as researchers, we must be able to think through the impacts of our work on society and speak up when necessary, says Natalie Kofler

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The world urgently needs better international oversight of “genome editing in human embryos for reproductive purposes,” says an editorial co-written by the heads of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine

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He Jiankui tried to publish a paper describing additional experiments that made heritable changes in the DNA of human embryos. But the paper was rejected by an international journal after outside scientists raised concerns about both its ethics and its scientific validity, STAT has learned

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Nature editors write, “The claims from He Jiankui that he has used gene editing to produce twin girls demand action. A new registry of research is a good start”

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