Volume 95 Issue 8 | p. 16 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 20, 2017 | Web Date: February 15, 2017

International committee says push forward with human genome editing

National Academies report paves a path for future germline editing, but only under strict conditions
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: biotechnology, CRISPR, gene editing, germline editing

Editing genomes in human germline cells—eggs and sperm—that can be passed on to future generations has been considered off-limits to scientists. But advancements in gene editing are catalyzing a change in the zeitgeist. On Feb. 14, a committee of scientists, doctors, lawyers, and ethicists from ten countries agreed that germline genome editing in humans may be permissible in the future, under a set of stringent conditions outlined in a report . . .

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