Genetic Modification Of Embryos Is Essential Says Report

Posted: Sep 10 2015, 8:17am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Genetic Modification of Embryos is Essential says Report
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  • Study endorses Embryonic Genetic Editing and says Public Fears are Unfounded

A recent study endorses embryonic genetic editing. It also said that the fears of the public regarding the creation of biological freaks and monsters by default was unfounded.

A posse of top scientists approved of genetic engineering that modified human embryos. The group in fact said that not delving into the topic of interest will be deleterious for mankind.

The very basics of biological science were involved here and so it was a bold but necessary step in the evolution of humanity. The Hinxton Group comprised ethicists and scientists.

They gave these recommendations with regard to modification of embryonic genes in a new report. It was the next vista opening out before us in our journey as unique species on this planet.

Now, genetic editing has its uses and abuses. But the panicky people who decry it are like the Wildean cynics who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. The advantages of stopping all progress in the field would be costlier than the disadvantages of continuing probing into the matter.

Yet despite the progressive aims, the group warned that the technology was not advanced enough to be applied at present. It needed further streamlining and fine-tuning in order to be practiced clinically.

Discussions are taking place regarding the sensitive topic. Although many people found the very idea of designer babies rather hard to digest, the fact of the matter is it is not as out-of-this-world as it might seem like at first glance.

The future generations will probably take the theory and practice with a grain of salt. Not only will advanced research get accomplished via this method but healthy human beings will be the end result.

All the faulty genes for diseases and maladies may be edited with simple ease thanks to this procedure. In fact, this is what all of history was all about. The point where mankind becomes a co-creator in his own evolution is where things actually take off.

However, the moral implications were where many otherwise willing individuals seemed to have hang-ups about the issue. The solution to this is not to retreat into a conservative shell but to engage in further research before proceeding into the limitless future.

Knowledge is power and with more information at our disposal we can bravely face the loopholes in the dismantling of the DNA. We have, in the immortal words of the late FDR, nothing to fear but fear. It is not that genomic selection of embryos will open a Pandora’s Box of troubles. Rather it might just end all our troubles once and for all.

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