Friday, August 4, 2017

Breakthrough in Science Finds a Way to Edit Mutations in Human Embryos

For the first time in science, scientists have found a way to edit genes to prevent a dangerous disease causing mutation to be able to produce healthy embryos. This new research marks a huge milestone because it raises the prospect that gene editing may one day be able to protect babies from a variety of hereditary conditions. Consequently, this new research has also raised some cultural implications; a major one being that people with money may be able to artificially design progeny with certain traits, like greater intelligence or athleticism. Scientists are working to urge people to only use this new genetic engineering for individuals with dire medical problems to prevent cultural implications. Some highlights of this new gene editing is that it is now declared safe and that embryos repaired of a genetic mutation will develop into healthy babies and not be able to pass the disease onto their offspring.


1 comment:

  1. This is very interesting, imagine sometime in the future, how this scientific advancement can possibly completely erase a specific harmful genetic mutation from the human species. That is if it is caught in every embryo beforehand.