|CRISPR genome editing / Image credit: National Institutes of Health|
New tools in the lab put human nature at risk. Can we trust fallible scientists to be ethical?To read the rest, click on "Genetic Tinkering Puts Brave New World at Our Doorstep".
A dystopian future is becoming more plausible, thanks to genomic editing. We don’t mean to scare you. We’ll let the scientists themselves do that.
“Scientists from around the world are meeting in Washington this week to debate how best to proceed with research into gene-editing technology,” Julian Saveluscu begins an article on The Conversation. He’s not worried; he likes gene editing. He gives “Five reasons we should embrace gene-editing research on human embryos.” And he’s an ethicist, a distinguished visiting professor at Monash University. He knows about the risks.