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The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies

The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies

Gene editing technology CRISPR will soon enable this reality, but is it a road we should go down?

By TED01.24.17

 
Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it's a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain "upgrades" to human embryos—from altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases. In this thought-provoking talk, Knoepfler readies us for the coming designer baby revolution and its very personal, and unforeseeable, consequences.
 
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