Embryo Editing - Welsh


Title: First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

Author: Steve Connor

Source: MIT Technology Review

Date: July 26th, 2017

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In this article, the benefits and ethics of embryo modification through the CRISPR technique are discussed. CRISPR has the potential to allow us to modify the genetics of our future offspring by editing embryos. It has the potential to prevent unwanted genetic diseases or disabilities, which could be a huge advancement for humankind. It also has the potential for modification of features such as hair color, eye color, or even skin that glows in the dark (which has been done with some animals). Although the potential benefits of this technique are vast, it brings up many ethical questions which we must consider. To what extent is it ethical to modify genetics? It may be completely ethical to create a baby with immunities to diseases but what if someone wants their baby to be glow-in-the-dark? Currently, it is illegal in the United States to create a genetically modified human but the same is not true in other countries. As the article mentions, such a human could be brought into existence at any moment.

 

I thought that this article might fall into the “Personal  / Definitely DO Want to Know” because it could directly affect our personal lives and I would say most people would like to know what diseases their children may have. If someone could prevent their children from having a disease that they are likely to receive because of their genetics, a parent would most likely want to know if they are able to prevent this disease being passed on.