"With CRISPR, what lines do we absolutely not cross?"

Would you edit your child's genome?

#Health

Sun, May 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this PBS IDea Channel video, host Mike Rugnetta asks what ethical issues CRISPR will raise when used on humanity and what crossing those lines could mean.

In about the last decade, geneticists have developed the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR, system. It uses the repetitive structure of DNA as a guide for EDITING that DNA, allowing–with a suite of other techniques–for permanent, and in some cases inheritable changes to the genome of organisms. Including humans. And its… a big deal. Such a big deal… J-Lo is producing a CRIME DRAMA SERIES about it. How, exactly, CRISPR works is beyond my expertise and this video… but what we’re going to talk about now isn’t HOW CRISPR works, but, some of the conundrums which arise because of how WELL it works. Like, should you edit your child’s genome not knowing what the ramifications could be multiple generations down the line? If you make your child immune to cancer, could it have detrimental effects for their kid’s kid’s kids?

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