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Designer Babies

Submitted by ub on Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:03

A Pandora’s Box of genome editing has now been opened following a researcher in China’s claim of the world’s first designer babies. A designer baby is a genetically modified human embryo, following guidelines set by the parent or scientist, to produce desirable traits. This is done using various methods, such as germline engineering or preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

The practice of editing human genes is controversial, with most nations banning the editing of genes in embryos since this could alter other genes and be passed onto other generations, with totally unforeseen future effects.

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies - https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612458/exclusive-chinese-scientists-…

The Latest: Scientist reports 2nd gene-edited pregnancy https://apnews.com/10f40f67b83f4e8987fec47374d845f5

'Proud' Chinese geneticist says another baby-gene editing volunteer... https://reut.rs/2FJzJnN

The Chinese scientist who claims he helped make world's first gene-edited babies says a second pregnancy is underway https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6437185/Chinese-scienti…

‪Why we are not ready for genetically designed babies http://theconversation.com/why-we-are-not-ready-for-genetically-designe…

‪UH scientists: Everyone should be alarmed if Chinese researcher actually gene-edited babies http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2018/11/28/uh-scientists-appalled-over-des…

‪Meet the Chinese Researcher Behind the 'World's First Designer Babies' https://www.ozy.com/need-to-know/meet-the-chinese-researcher-behind-the…

China may have made the world’s first designer babies despite the risks https://thenextweb.com/science/2018/11/26/china-may-have-made-the-world…