Why is the scientific world abuzz about an unpublished paper? Because it could permanently change human DNA

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Why is the scientific world abuzz about an unpublished paper? Because it could permanently change human DNA Empty Why is the scientific world abuzz about an unpublished paper? Because it could permanently change human DNA

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:32 pm

Scientists around the world are anticipating the results of a Chinese study that would mark the first time DNA in a human embryo has been modified in a way that would carry into future generations. Although the embryos would be for study only, and not intended for implantation, the research would mark a significant milestone: the first time human DNA had been altered so substantially that it would change the “germ line” — the eggs or sperm of any child produced from the embryo.

Theoretically that could allow parents in the not-too-distant future to essentially clean their own eggs and sperm of undesired genes — such as ones known to cause cancer — and prevent those genes from being passed on to grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/why-is-the-scientific-world-abuzz-about-an-unpublished-paper-because-it-could-permanently-change-human-dna


How do people feel about this ethically?

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