Scientists Seek Moratorium on Edits to Human Genome That Could Be Inherited

Nicholas Wade, The New York Times, December 3rd, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/science/crispr-cas9-human-genome-editing-moratorium.html

An international panel called for a pause in using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to alter genes that could be inherited by future generations.  This moratorium was the result of a recent international meeting held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, jointly called by the National Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society of London in response to the use of CRISPR/Cas9 technology to alter a non-viable human embryo earlier in 2015.  While the moratorium does not have regulatory authority, it is expected most scientists will follow the new guidelines.  The respective scientific bodies did leave the door open for removal of the moratorium, stating the issue “should be revisited on a regular basis.”

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