‘Designer babies’ within two years says study
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.”