Southwestern’s vice president for strategic initiatives and communications noted “a host of ethical questions that must be tackled” regarding genetic engineering, including:
- “Is it morally permissible to change the human germline, [which] lasts the life of the individual and is passed onto future generations?
- “Is it morally permissible to use the technology to design a baby with enhanced or preferred traits?
- “Who decides what is considered an improvement on the human genome?
- “As a matter of justice and equity, who would have access to germline engineered therapies?
- “Would germline engineering change the view on the value of human life?
- “Did God mean we have control over our DNA when He said man has dominion over creation?”
Other experiments using the CRISPR tool to edit embryos’ DNA are underway in Sweden and are scheduled to begin in Britain… (READ MORE)