British Council on Bioethics: editing the human gene is morally permissible

British Council on Bioethics: editing the human gene is morally permissible

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The Nuffield Council on Bioethics stated that editing the human gene is morally permissible, if it helps to avoid the children inherited diseases.

The council stated that interventions in the human gene ” must be intended to secure, and be consistent with, the welfare of the future person, and they should not increase disadvantage, discrimination or division in society”.

CRISPR – a new technology of genetic engineering that allows the effectively changes the DNA in living cells. Several procedures for editing the gene of a human embryo for research purposes were carried out. But scientists say that more research works will be needed to assess the safety of the technology.

Joyce Harper, professor of genetics and embryology at University College of London, said that it is currently impossible to predict the relevance of gene modification, but he added that it is necessary to start the discussions of the issues and ethical aspects of the technology.

Konstantin Svitnev, head of the Reproductive Law and Ethic Center,  believes that it’ is not yet about morality or ethics, but rather technical issue instead since this technology, with all its prospects, is very imperfect. Some scientists (Columbia University in the US, Sanger Institute in the UK), in their recent studies warned of the possibility of extensive unwanted mutations using CRISPR.


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