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UNESCO Experts Call for Ban on Genetic ‘Editing’

October 6, 2015

(Yahoo! News) – A UNESCO panel of scientists, philosophers, lawyers and government ministers called Monday for a halt to genetic “editing” of the human germline, warning of the danger of tampering with hereditary traits that could lead to eugenics. UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) said gene therapy could be “a watershed in the history of medicine” and genome editing “is unquestionably one of the most promising undertakings of science for the sake of all humankind.”

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