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Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo? Why “Editing” Your Genes May Not Be So Simple

A technique that allows DNA to be modified and manipulated may hold the key to preventing and even eradicating diseases, but raises major ethical questions.

[DIGEST: NPR, BBC, The Guardian]

A world without cystic fibrosis, diabetes or muscular dystrophy. A world free of painful and degenerative diseases. Until now, this occurred only within the pages of utopian novels, but U.K. fertility regulators, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), recently approved the editing of genes in human embryos. This study could shed light on how to eradicate such diseases completely. The U.K. is the first country in the world to take this step, but the possibility of fiction becoming reality has raised ethical concerns.

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