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Should Heritable Gene Editing Be Used on Humans?

April 12, 2016

(The Wall Street Journal) – One concern is that gene editing that affects future generations, not just an individual, is too risky given our still incomplete understanding of the human genome and how changes might affect it. Another is that the ability to edit heritable traits could result in so-called designer babies, with parents choosing traits such as intelligence or physical characteristics. Others say we can meet those challenges, and the potential benefits are too great to pass up.

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