An FDA committee held a historic public meeting last week to discuss the scientific, technologic, and clinical issues related to experimental procedures that would alter the human germline.
What was most striking about the meeting was that the committee members, many of whom are scientists themselves, are so wary of the techniques at this time. Questions about efficacy and safety – in fact a litany of concerns about every aspect of these techniques – largely dominated the discussions. And although the FDA’s pre-meeting briefing document explicitly put social and ethical issues outside the scope of the discussion, a myriad of these problems also edged their way in.
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