“Does society want children with genes tailored to prevent disease?”

Harvard to be gene-editing sperm cells

#Health

Sat, Dec 1st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The MIT Technology Review site reports that despite the recent controversy With China genetically engineering disease-resistant babies, Harvard University is planning on editing sperm cells in order to improve tomorrow's children.

To be clear, there are no embryos involved—no attempt to make a baby. Not yet. Instead, the researchers are practicing how to change the DNA in sperm collected from Boston IVF, a large national fertility-clinic network. This is still very basic, and unpublished, research.

Yet in its purpose the project is similar to the work undertaken in China and raises the same fundamental question: does society want children with genes tailored to prevent disease?

  190

 

You may also be interested in:

First Volunteer for Head Transplant Surgery
“Regenerative medicines have the ability to restore or heal the body's own cells or create new body parts”
“Scientists recently discovered how to dramatically extend the worm’s lifespan.”
“Scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds.”
New York City to declare state of emergency due to swine flu outbreak