The questions about gene editing that need answers
As the science moves forward, we should address the ethics.
Professor of Law and Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University
Rebecca Zisser / Axios
CRISPR has been used to alter genes in many plant and animal species, adult humans and recently human embryos. Continued successful studies may lead to a time when we can "fix" genetic problems before birth. But as the scientific studies of gene editing progress, we have to answer some questions:
The bottom line: Science does not translate immediately into practice. We won't have "designer babies" anytime soon but these are important early studies, and they raise a number of ethical questions. We should consider those questions carefully.