Expert Debate: Are we playing with fire when we edit human genes?

February 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

by Eleonore Pauwels and Patrick Skerrett

Published in STAT, November 17, 2015,

For the public to fully understand the potential of germline gene editing — and the risks it poses — scientists, writers, and policymakers must change how they talk about this new technology.

Metaphors saturate scientific conversations. They can simplify or confuse new technologies like gene editing. Gene editing opponents offer up dystopian nightmare scenarios, such as wealthy parents choosing attributes for their “designer” babies. Some turn a complex biological procedure into a sci-fi story, as seen in references about “editing humanity.”… Read More

 

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