A PIONEER of the gene editing tool that has taken bioscience by storm has spoken of her fear of the technology opening the door to designer babies
Prof Charpentier, director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, in Berlin, said: "I'm worried about the use of the technology for editing human germ lines and designer babies
A landmark US study by scientists at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland has for the first time successfully edited out a genetic mutation that could cause heart disease, but the fear mongering over designer babies
For example, the main focus on designer babies
at the moment is to remove certain hereditary diseases, and (http://www.
are relatively crude and will not in and of themselves create socalled designer babies
," she said.
ISLAMABAD -- Britain could become the first country to allow a "threeparent" IVF technique which doctors say will prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics see as a step towards creating designer babies
But critics claim it could be the first step to designer babies
Britain on Tuesday could become the first country to allow a "three-parent" IVF technique which doctors say will prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics see as a step towards creating designer babies
Several television documentaries have also appeared, meant to explain the ethical and medical issues involved in designing children to a popular audience (Who's Afraid of Designer Babies
, Frontline: Making Babies, Designer Babies
: the Genetic Revolution).
BLOOD MATTERS: FROM INHERITED ILLNESS TO DESIGNER BABIES
, HOW THE WORLD AND I FOUND OURSELVES IN THE FUTURE OF THE GENE tells of genetics using the author's foundation of experience as the starting point.
FEARS Critics say new moves could lead to designer babies
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GOVERNMENT plans to overhaul the law on embryo research will allow scientists to take the first steps towards creating designer babies
, campaigners warned yesterday.