Scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University say they have successfully edited genes of human embryos in the first such attempt in the United States.
Previously, similar experiments have been reported only by scientists in China.
Engineering human genes in the embryo stage opens up the possibility of correcting their defective parts that cause inherited diseases. The new trait is passed on to subsequent generations.
But the practice is controversial, since many fear it could be used for unethical purposes such as creating “designer babies” with specific enhanced abilities or traits.
Oregon scientists led by Kazakhstan-born Shoukhrat Mitalipov successfully repeated the experiment on …read more