‘We As A Species Need to Come to Terms’ with CRISPR Technology as China Awaits Birth of Third Genetically Modified Baby

May 23, 2019

(CNBC) – After a Chinese scientist last year made history by using CRISPR technology to genetically modify two newborns, the scientific community is now struggling to grapple with the ethics of human germline editing as another woman pregnant with a gene-edited baby is soon due to give birth. “We as a species need to come to terms with this,” Dr. William Hurlbut, a senior research scholar in neurobiology at Stanford Medical School, said Tuesday at CNBC’s Healthy Returns conference in New York. “For the first time in the history of life, we can affect the future of our evolution.”

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