Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fixing Embryos

From the Economist:

IT USED to be so simple. Girl met boy. Gametes were transferred through plumbing optimised by millions of years of evolution. Then, nine months later, part of that plumbing presented the finished product to the world. Now things are becoming a lot more complicated. A report published on February 14th by America’s National Academy of Sciences gives qualified support to research into gene-editing techniques so precise that genetic diseases like haemophilia and sickle-cell anaemia can be fixed before an embryo even starts to develop. The idea of human cloning triggered a furore when, 20 years ago this week, Dolly the sheep was revealed to the world (see article); much fuss about nothing, some would say, looking back. But other technological advances are making cloning humans steadily more feasible.

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My first reaction is wow! Times are changing (when are they not?). My second reaction is: I'm not sure I want to be around when all of this takes effect. It's a lot to adapt to, and it will no doubt bring about misuse and abuse. Take the Internet. One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century and the rocket that will catapult us into the unknown in the 21st century. It's great for many reasons, but it has been misused for countless reasons. And it has taken people from the pre-computer generation a lot of time to get used to it (if they have fully).

Posted by: Reed James | Mar 14, 2017 10:52:20 AM

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