Scientific breakthrough in genetic engineering raises questions on ethics


Host Maureen Langan pondered what the latest scientific breakthrough means for the future of humans.

According to a new study published in the journal Nature, scientist have, for the first time, been able to successfully edit a dangerous mutation from genes in human embryos, eliminating the risk for a heritable heart condition known for causing sudden death later on in life.

The research is far from clinical use, but ethics are already being called into play. While the new technology could prevent a host of hereditary diseases, scientist fear it being taken a step further to enhance specific traits, such as athleticism and intelligence, and the detrimental effects these potential “designer babies” could have on society.

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