NIH supports international moratorium on clinical application of germline editing

3/13/2019 – Today, leading scientists and ethicists from seven countries have called for an international moratorium on the use of genetic editing to modify the human germline for clinical purposes. The call comes in the wake of irresponsible and unethical research in China, in which twins were born after alterations to their DNA before implantation. This unexpected and unwelcome revelation roiled the scientific community and the general public, and crystalized the need for guiding international principles.  Research on the potential to alter the very biological essence of humanity raises profound safety, ethical, and philosophical issues.

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