Should scientists be able to modify human genes?

With CRISPR (Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) scientists can edit the DNA in human embryos for the first time, a process that was previously thought impossible and possibly unethical. Should we allow it?


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Pro and Con: Should Gene Editing Be Performed on Human Embryos? 
From National Geographic, two scientists list out the possible benefits and drawbacks of gene editing on humans.

How gene editing puts us in the driver's seat of evolution
Imagine you could edit a mouse’s genes to be resistant to Lyme Disease. The mouse would breed and evolution would take its course, leading to the extinction of the disease. That’s the vision for scientists developing CRISPR, technology that allows scientists to rewrite the code of life.

I Have A Rare Genetic Disease. CRISPR Might Fix It.
A Chicago journalist talks about a degenerative eye disease that she shares with her father. CRISPR technology could possibly fix it.


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