Rachna Shah
Aug 2, 2017

"Designer Babies"

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As of a study recently published, scientists have repaired a gene in human embryos that would otherwise cause a common but serious heart disorder. While there still remains much time before this is put into clinical use, it has raised concerns re: "designer babies" and other ethical issues regarding genetic engineering.

 

What are your thoughts on this recent happening? Do you believe that there should be limits of genetic engineering? If so, what should they be and who should decide?

 

Source:

- http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/02/540975224/scientists-precisely-edit-dna-in-human-embryos-to-fix-a-disease-gene?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170802&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews

- http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/07/27/first-editing-human-embryos-carried-out-in-us.html

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