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"First, it could be a matter of avoiding the transmission of a particular gene defect. This year, the first experiments in the treatment of adult patients with disastrous illnesses such as HIV, Krebs and Sichelzellenkrankheiten (sickle cells) are scheduled to begin in Europe and the USA. "We' ve had 30 years of ban on eugenics gene technology internationally.
Designers babies: the argument for and against babies
According to existing legislation, researchers "may transgenically process an embryo only for 14 consecutive research days, after which it must be discarded, and it is forbidden to place it in a uterus," says The Daily Telegraph. "It is not in itself inacceptable to use genomic modification to affect the properties of coming generations," said Karen Yeung, panellist chairman and lecturer in jurisprudence, economics and computer science at Birmingham University.
Debate on the ethical issues of designer babies has been highlighted by the emergence of a Crispr-Cas9 technique that "makes it amazingly easy to directly build the harness of the early embryo's genetic material (DNA sequence)," says Wired. Physicians say that just because we can modify a genetic, that doesn't mean we know what that modification will do.
"The majority of illnesses are not the result of a singular genetic disorder, but of many. Every ethics discussion "of course runs counter to practical aspects such as funding," says The Independent. Recognizing this issue, the chairman of the board, Professor Yeung, said that financing inequality " would increase societal inequality, which in our opinion would not be an ethics approach".