Things That Simply Should Not Be Done

This should not be done. I am not alone."1 This was bioethicist Ruth Macklin's reaction to an announcement made earlier this year by a team of Chinese scientists to the effect that they had "edited" the DNA of human embryos in an effort to correct a genetic mutation that can cause thalassemia, a serious blood disease.

To edit the DNA, the team used CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme complex. When injected into a cell, CRISPR/Cas9 acts like micro-scissors....

 
Paige Comstock Cunningham is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #34, Winter 2018 Copyright © 2019 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo34/genetic-restraint