‘Designer Babies’ Could Be Just Two Years Away, Expert Claims

November 19, 2019

(CNN) – Genetically-modified babies are “highly desirable” to help protect people from disease and could be created ethically within two years, according to a new scientific paper. Gene editing now presents such low risks that it could be used in human embryos, according to an analysis by Kevin Smith, a bioethicist at Abertay University in Scotland, published last week in the journal Bioethics.  Advocates like Smith want to change the genetic makeup of embryos to prevent the transmission of gene-related diseases.