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July 17, 2018

No reason to rule out genome editing in human reproduction, ethics experts say

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Belfast Telegraph – Genome editing could be considered “morally acceptable” in human reproduction, according to an independent report.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said there is no reason in principle to rule out heritable genome editing – when the DNA of a human embryo, sperm or egg is deliberately altered to influence the characteristics of a future individual.

However the welfare of the future person and any possible impact on society must be at the heart of decision-making, it said.

The body, which explores ethical questions raised by advances in biology and medicine, called on the Government to act now to support public debate on the issue and ensure a “responsible way forward”.

Read more at Belfast Telegraph.

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