Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos For First Time. Are We Facing A New Era Of Eugenics?

April 24, 2015 12:53 PM

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Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos For First Time. Are We Facing A New Era Of Eugenics?

“No researcher has the moral warrant to flout the globally widespread policy agreement against altering the human germ line,” Dr. Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Berkeley, Calif.-based Center for Genetics and Society, said in a written statement. "Creating genetically modified human beings could easily lead to new forms of inequality, discrimination and societal conflict.”

Cut and paste. For the study, the researchers obtained 86 non-viable, early-stage embryos and injected them with a "gene-editing tool" called CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme complex that binds to and snips specific sequences of DNA.

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