Scientists should be allowed to alter a person’s DNA to help prevent diseases or disabilities, a new report from two leading scientific institutions suggests.
By genetically editing human embryos, sperm, or eggs, scientists hope to stop diseases from being passed on to future generations.
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The new report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, completed a comprehensive review of gene editing.
“Human genome editing holds tremendous promise for understanding, treating, or preventing many devastating genetic diseases, and for improving treatment of many other illnesses,” said Alta Charo, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who co-chaired the panel that wrote the report.
The 22-member panel was comprised of scientists from the U.S., France, Israel, China and Italy. One thing the panel members agreed upon is that genetically modifying babies should only be done for disease prevention.
“However, genome editing to enhance traits …
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