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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

ISSN Print: 2151-805X
ISSN Online: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2016016475
pages 281-284

Edited Genes and Slippery Slopes: Dilemmas in the Ethics of Gene Editing

John Harris
Faculty of Life Sciences, Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester, 3.383 Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT

ABSTRACT

Objections to the use of CRISPR/Cas9 techniques for gene editing fail to consider that natural reproduction frequently produces serious genetic defects. There is nothing sacred about the human genome that suggests it cannot be improved by correcting mistakes in gametes or embryos prior to reproduction. Our duty is to create the best possible genetically endowed child, and the CRISPR/Cas9 system might help in that pursuit