Friday, October 13, 2017
U.S edits Embryo DNA for first time
Without a doubt, I found this article very interesting. Scientist have successfully edited embryos so that they could grow and develop if placed into a mother's womb. This is the first time this is happening in the U.S. The gene altering technology is referred to as CRISPR. By injecting CRISPR into the embryo about the same time that is it getting fertilized by the sperm it reduces the risk of "off target editing"(Newman). This is extremely valuable in the world of medicine. It will help correct genes that are dangerous to future generations. They could also eventually alter inherited diseases to help those. Although these are all positive factors, I do believe this technology should be evaluated to fit culture appropriation.
Personally, I think its great to see technology improving, specifically in genetics. When thinking of this article the idea of "Designer babies" popped in my head. People may want to pay to have their embryos genes altered making the baby ideal phenotypically. Many will argue that this is morally wrong and should only be used for medical needs. I think it may become a main focus causing a nationwide debate when the technology improves more.