|Photo of Dr. Egli in his Lab|
While these experiments are highly controversial, I do believe it is crucial to understanding genes and mutations. I don't believe Dr. Egli and Dr. Jiankui can be compared. Dr. Egli is simply using the embryos for research purposes-the intention of developing them further in the womb is not an option. If the CRISPR technology is truly able to edit genes at an embryonic state, there are so many congenial illnesses such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington's disease that could be prevented.