It was reported earlier today that US Scientists made their first attempt at gene editing in the body, where a patient received billions of corrective genes through an IV. So eventually, if this proves to be fruitful, curing a genetic disease can be accomplished with just a shot, in the simplest terms. We’d also be able to change our DNA for the expression of physical appearances with one shot…
This sounds really cool to me, but do you guys think this is ethical? If so, to what degree?
Read the report here: https://www.apnews.com/4ae98919b52e43d8a8960e0e260feb0a/AP-Exclusive:-US-scientists-try-1st-gene-editing-in-the-body
Might I ask why it would not be considered ethical?
Well this could essentially lead to humans playing God over genes. It could essentially lead to using gene editing for non-therapeutic enhancements and a market for “designer babies.” Gene editing also leads to a permanent change in the body and we may not know the full implications of the effects gene editing will have in the course of human life.
Well, I feel as though it is people’s individual right to edit their baby or not, just like they are able to choose if they want to have an abortion.
Regarding health risks, I say enough animal testing should eventually make it safe.
I think Gene editing is ethical as this may cure many genetic diseases like huntington’s diseases and etc. Gene editing is for a good cause and may help mankind to a great extent.
PS: I agree with the animal testing part sharpandquic suggested as scientists can test apes on gene editing. Scientists have also discovered a new type of orangutan which is the closest ape among all other ape species to humans.
We can finally destroy the concept of race and purge undesirable genes from the gene pool, heck yea.