Saturday, March 14, 2015

Genetic Modification of Human Eggs

First: this absolutely will happen, somewhere in the world; Second: it will be abused.
American scientists are trying to genetically modify human eggs
Exclusive: The new gene-editing method could eliminate inherited diseases from affected families

"American scientists have attempted to modify the DNA of human egg cells using a new gene-editing technique that could eliminate inherited diseases from subsequent generations of affected families, The Independent can reveal.

The research was carried out on ovary cells taken from a woman with inherited ovarian cancer to investigate the possibility of eventually using gene-editing to produce IVF embryos free of the familial disease. The results are yet to be published.

Editing the chromosomes of human eggs or sperm to create genetically modified IVF embryos is illegal in Britain and many other countries because of concerns about safety and the possibility of the technique being used to create genetically enhanced “designer babies”.

However, the development of a simple gene-editing technique which can alter human DNA with extreme precision has raised the prospect of it being used in the future to help couples affected by inherited diseases who would like children free of the family mutations."
The race to create a super-race is on. This technique will absolutely be abused by its use by tyrants to create super soldiers, assuming that they don't get enough nano-drones and droids to satisfy their needs. It will be the same as Iran/nuclear bombs redux, only on a different level. And the technology is out of the bag, now, so it will be refined for use on humans.

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