In The Atlantic Monthly, Alta Charo discussed news that a group of scientists had genetically edited human embryos in the United States. Charo co-chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee on human genome editing that, earlier this year, offered qualified support for such research. From the article, "The Designer Baby Era Is Not Upon Us":
“It’s not so much about designer babies as it is about geographical location,” says Charo. “It’s happening in the United States, and everything here around embryo research has high sensitivity.” She and others worry that the early report about the study, before the actual details were available for scrutiny, could lead to unnecessary panic.
Other news agencies citing Charo over the scientific development include:
"Gene editing for 'designer babies'? Highly unlikely, scientists say," The New York Times, August 4, 2017.
- "In breakthrough, scientists edit a dangerous mutation from genes in human embryos," The New York Times, August 2, 2017.
- "First human embryo editing experiment in U.S. ‘corrects’ gene for heart condition," Washington Post, August 2, 2017.
- "Gene editing of human embryos gets rid of a mutation that causes heart failure," Science News, August 2, 2017.
- "Scientists are shocked about how easy it is to tweak genes in human embryos," BuzzFeed, August 2, 2017.
- "Scientists precisely edit DNA in human embryos to fix a disease gene," All Things Considered on NPR, August 2, 2017.
- "Embryo gene-editing experiment reignites ethical debate" Scientific American, August 2, 2017.
Submitted by Law School News on August 9, 2017
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