GREEN LIGHT FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED EMBRYOS IS SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS FOR THE WORLD

GREEN LIGHT FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED EMBRYOS IS SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS FOR THE WORLD

BY JAMES SIMONS

The recently announced go ahead by the fertility regulator for UK scientists to genetically modify human embryos is a welcome move that will only enhance human ability to combat undesirable diseases and malfunctions in humans.

Remarkably, this is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it. The research set to take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London, aims to provide a deeper understanding of the earliest moments of human life.

Sensible boundaries have been put in place that forbids the scientists to implant the modified embryos into a woman. This form of editing which allows precise manipulation of DNA has attracted criticism in quarters that are cynical about its potential to lead to a tendency for a pattern in which genetically modified babies.

After Chinese scientists last year first took the unprecedented step of carrying out a gene editing in human embryos to correct a gene that causes a blood disorder, it is no surprise that British scientists have decided to explore the useful mechanism of genetically modified babies, especially as this scientific project has been approved by a proper regulatory system.Looks like we will soon figure out the causes of miscarriages and understand why certain genes produce some types of deficiencies or misharp.

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