Designer babies have been discussed as a possibility for decades. With the recent advancement to genome editing technology referred to as “CRISPR”, the discussions about the ethics of have been amplified. This is because CRISPR has reduced hurdles to human genome editing in terms of cost and technical ease. Three days ago, the following video was posted to YouTube:
This unorthodox reveal of the existence of genetically modified humans was shocking to the world at large, yet predictions of rogue scientists “skipping over ethical concerns and going for it” have been floating around for years. More than one TED Talk has addressed the ethical concerns of designer babies. Here is one for our last Amazon Review assignment of the year.
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