How Far Are We from (Accurately and Safely) Editing Human Embryos?

December 13, 2019

(Singularity Hub) – The brash attempt at making scientific history clearly shows that, ethics and morality issues aside, when it comes to germline editing—that is, performing gene edits in egg, sperm, or the embryo—we’re simply technologically not there. Make no mistake: CRISPR may one day wipe out devastating genetic diseases throughout entire family lines, or even the human race. But to harness its power responsibly, there are plenty of technical challenges we need to master first.