When Should Human Genes Be Altered?

For the first time,  The National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine approved the editing of human genes, though they expressed caution at the notion.

This is a reversal from the staunch restriction that is currently in place by the FDA.But sometime not necessarily too far from now, the first humans whose DNA has been intentionally edited by scientists could very likely be born.

After evaluating the issue for a year, the National Academies panel concluded that clinical trials involving inheritable changes to the genome could be allowed, so long as they treat or prevent genetic diseases that we have no other way of dealing with.

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