Anti-genetics NGO slams technique to eliminate hereditary diseases as unethical manipulation

| October 5, 2012
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The Center for Genetics and Society, which opposes gene modification on ideological grounds, is portraying as unethical a fertility treatment technique that could alter a baby’s DNA to ensure that it lives a healthy life. In the guise of an article, blogger Marcy Darnovsky summarizes the policy debate now unfolding in the UK in charged, political terms, using such phrases as “unethical manipulation”,  “risky and unproven techniques” and “biologically radical experiment.” In case the reader misses her point, Darnovsky invokes scare images of “designer babies.” It’s simplistic and biased science coverage, but worth a read on how not to report objectively about prickly and complicated genetics issues.
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