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Human Embryos – Controversial Genome Modification in US

Worrying news is circulating worldwide concerning US claims to have ‘edited’ the genome of the human embryo to remove genetic mutations related to heart disease.

 

https://www.nature.com/news/crispr-fixes-disease-gene-in-viable-human-embryos-1.22382

 

The controversial research, relying on manipulation of the delicate human genome, has not so far moved outside first steps in the laboratory so no manipulated embryos have yet been transferred to the womb of any woman.  In the meantime, however, scores of human embryos have been experimentally created and sacrificed.

 

Genetic modification of human embryos is opposed by some 40 countries worldwide and prohibition of germline manipulation is part of a binding Council of Europe International Treaty.

 

Needless to say, responsible ethicists across the world are responding to this highly controversial experiment with considerable concern.

 

The news is widely covered in newspapers today and we recommend also the following US website for more detailed scientific information:

 

www.geneticsandsociety.org