Swedish scientist first to attempt gene editing on healthy human embryos

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A scientist in Sweden has started trying to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos…The step by the developmental biologist Fredrik Lanner makes him the first researcher known to attempt to modify the genes of healthy human embryos.

The fear is that Lanner’s work could open the door to others attempting to use genetically modified embryos to make babies.

“If we can understand how these early cells are regulated in the actual embryo, this knowledge will help us in the future to treat patients with diabetes, or Parkinson, or different types of blindness and other diseases,” [Lanner] says. “That’s another exciting area of research.”

But just the act of attempting to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos is extremely controversial.

But Lanner argues that basic research is necessary and morally acceptable, and banning it would be counterproductive.

“I think it’s wise to be allowed to do fundamental research so we can gain more information about this technology and potentially use it in the future,” he says.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

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