human remix

While politics and ethics get debated someone somewhere is going ahead with gene editing. Personally, re-reading Huxley’s dystopia recently- it seemed better than this dystopia. From the Washington Post:


“We could be on the cusp of a new era in human history,” Nobel laureate David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology said Tuesday, in opening the international summit to examine what he called “deep and disturbing questions.”

“The overriding question is when, if ever, would we want to use gene editing to change human inheritance?” Baltimore said.

That question gained urgency after Chinese researchers made the first attempt at altering genes in human embryos, a laboratory experiment that didn’t work well but did raise the prospect of one day modifying genes in a way that goes far beyond helping one sick person. The process could also pass those alterations on to future generations.

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