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Stanford biomedical ethics chair predicts end of reproductive sex

| | July 12, 2016

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[H]ow [do] we navigate the ethical and legal morass [gene editing] create [in human reproduction]?

As a professor of genetics, and the chair of the biomedical ethics committee at Stanford, [Henry T. Greely] is an expert on such technologies, along with the ethical and legal challenges they pose. He argues that in as little as two to four decades, couples in developed countries will stop have sex for reproductive purposes and turn to science instead.

Greely predicts that those who make babies the old fashioned way, particularly in countries with socialized medicine may become stigmatized, since they would drive up the cost of healthcare. In a sense, it would also lead to more equality, as same sex couples could create a child that is genetically their own. It might also lead to some horrific results. “What if a woman decided to make eggs from herself and sperm from herself, and then transfer them to her own uterus?” posited Greely. Though it is unlikely, it could occur.

Read full, original post: In 20 Years, Couples Won’t Have Sex to Reproduce, Says Genetics Expert

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