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Should We Make Designer Babies?

If scientists can edit the human genome, should we do it? What are the pros and cons?

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Don’t edit the human germ line

“It is thought that studies involving the use of genome-editing tools to modify the DNA of human embryos will be published shortly.”

Explainer: what is genomic editing?

“Mistakes in the paper version of the Encyclopædia Britannica took a long time to correct – years often passed between revised editions – but these days editing information is much easier. In electronic sources, like Wikipedia, anyone can log on and use simple web-based tools to make corrections or even improvements.”

Toward genetic editing

“As potential next-generation therapeutics and research tools, few life sciences technologies hold more promise than genome-editing proteins — molecules that can be programmed to alter specific genes to treat or perhaps cure genetic diseases.”

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