Eminent Scientists Call For Ban On Gene Editing Technique That Can Alter Human DNA

March 21, 2015 11:59 PM

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Scientists from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) have called for a worldwide ban on the use of a gene editing technique that could alter human DNA across generations. They fear the technique, which is called Crispr-Cas9, may be used in unsafe or unethical ways.

The DNA altering technique, Crispr-Cas9, has been developed by researchers at the University of Berkeley. The genome-editing method is so scientifically simple, cheap and powerful that it is widely seen as a promising key to treating serious genetic diseases as well as AIDS and many cancers. It has ...

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