CRISPR experts call for moratorium on creating gene-edited babies
CRISPR experts call for moratorium on creating gene-edited babies

CRISPR experts call for moratorium on creating gene-edited babies

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Embryo selection for IVF light micrograph

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Eighteen of the world’s foremost CRISPR researchers and bioethicists have called for a moratorium on clinical experiments using the revolutionary technology to genetically modify human babies. 

CRISPR, , was used to create , ivf meds born in a Chinese research program in November 2018. The leader of that program, He Jiankui, flouted international recommendations, using CRISPR to edit the DNA of three embryos that were carried to term. 

The revelation that gene-edited babies had been born , sparking further debate about regulations pertaining to “germline editing” — the type which affects affect sperm, eggs and embryos and thus can elicit changes that irrevocably alters the human gene pool.