Tim Dieppe speaks to RT about the irreversible consequences of genome editing.
It follows a recent report from an international committee convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C. that concluded that editing the DNA of a human embryo could be ethically acceptable.
Speaking from the other side is Dr Christopher Gyngell, a Fellow with the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics in Oxford.
US scientists cautiously endorsed the highly unethical technique that can genetically modify human embryos, over a week ago. The technique, Crispr-cas9, would alter the human germline, and the consequences, which are as yet unknown, would be down passed to future generations.
The report admitted this would "cross a line many have viewed as ethically inviolable". A British ethics committee already greenlighted gene editing last year, despite international criticism.