‘De­signer ba­bies’ within two years says study

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THE “eth­i­cally sound” cre­ation of so-called de­signer ba­bies could be­gin within two years and spark a rev­o­lu­tion in ge­netic mod­i­fi­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to new find­ings by Scot­tish re­searchers.

Kevin Smith, from Aber­tay Univer­sity in Dundee, has pub­lished analysis that found the risks of gene edit­ing are now low enough to war­rant its use with hu­man em­bryos.

He ar­gued a morally jus­ti­fi­able at­tempt could be less than two years away and pre­dicted such re­search could kick-start a rev­o­lu­tion in pro­duc­ing ge­net­i­cal­ly­mod­i­fied (GM) peo­ple.

Dr Smith said: “By de­lay­ing an eth­i­cally sound move to­wards a world where we can re­duce ge­netic dis­ease, we are fail­ing those who suf­fer through dis­ease and de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tions.”

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