Motherboard reports on the first case of genetically engineered human embryos in the US using CRISPR. The experiment, which happened with few mistakes, paves the way to the "inevitable journey" towards "genetically engineered humans." And speaking of inevitable journeys, in the video above Carnegie Mellon University's head of machine learning, Manuela Veloso, explains how humans and AI "will be inseperable."
Relatively cheap and easy to use, scientists say they can potentially wield this powerful tool to cure a range of diseases, like HIV and muscular dystrophy. Some experiments, though, have raised eyebrows—in 2015, scientists in China used it to make extremely muscled beagles—and ethicists have been warning about adopting gene editing too rapidly in humans. The fact that it's so easy to use has made plenty of people uneasy: The US intelligence community warned in 2016 that gene editing is a potential weapon of mass destruction.
Beyond the often-stated fear that gene editing will lead to a world of designer babies and "genetic have-nots," CRISPR is still new and may have consequences we don't understand.
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