WASHINGTON | Fear that uproar over gene-edited babies could block science
WASHINGTON — The uproar over the reported births of gene-edited babies in China has scientists on the frontiers of medicine worried about a backlash.
Researchers are rapidly learning how to edit DNA to fight diseases such as Huntington’s or Tay-Sachs. They’re conducting legally permissible experiments in lab animals and petri dishes without taking the ultimate step of creating babies.
International guidelines say more of that basic research is critical to eventually proving whether gene editing is safe enough to ever test in a human pregnancy.