26. November 2018

Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies

Filed under: Presse — Schlagwörter: — berndvo @ 10:59

When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present.

It was the invention of a powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR, which is cheap and easy to deploy, that made the birth of humans genetically modified in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) center a theoretical possibility.

Now, it appears it may already be happening.

According to Chinese medical documents posted online this month (here and here), a team at the Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, has been recruiting couples in an effort to create the first gene-edited babies. They planned to eliminate a gene called CCR5 in hopes of rendering the offspring resistant to HIV, smallpox, and cholera.





11. Mai 2017

Genetically engineering ‚ethical‘ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

Filed under: Presse — Schlagwörter: — berndvo @ 06:16

Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a „moral obligation“ as it makes them grow up into „ethically better children“.The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to „harm themselves and others“.

The academic, who is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, made his comments in an article in the latest edition of Reader’s Digest. He explained that we are now in the middle of a genetic revolution and that although screening, for all but a few conditions, remained illegal it should be welcomed.




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