Monday, May 1, 2017
Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support
The National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Medicine are providing their support to the modification of the human embryo. Researchers believe by using these techniques it will prevent genetic disease that are passed down to future generations. The gene editing tool called Crispr- Cas9 is used to snip, insert, and delete the genetic material, which will be tested to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness, and other conditions. While Crispr is precise there is a fear of cutting the DNA where it's not meant to be cut and producing a child with a mutation. Furthermore, a fear of using these techniques to change the physical appearance and enhance intelligence. There are many concerns but years before this is applied to humans.
New York Times Here