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Geneticists are writing the rule book for creating gene-edited babies


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Geneticists are writing the rule book for creating gene-edited babies

By Michael Le Page Modifying human embryos will require strict controlsJUAN GAERTNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYA handful of protesters were leafleting people arriving for a conference on creating gene-edited children in London last week. The Stop Designer Babies campaign group claimed in a press release that those at the meeting “are planning how to conduct…

Geneticists are writing the rule book for creating gene-edited babies

By Michael Le Page

Embryo being edited

Modifying human embryos will require strict controls

JUAN GAERTNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

A handful of protesters were leafleting people arriving for a conference on creating gene-edited children in London last week. The Stop Designer Babies campaign group claimed in a press release that those at the meeting “are planning how to conduct GM baby experiments without asking the public”.

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It is true that this meeting was about coming up with guidelines for how to conduct the first clinical trials of human germline genome editing, making changes that could pass down the generations. But those involved want to consult …

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