Yesterday, The Associated Press reported that scientists genetically altered a human embryo for the first time. The lead in the research said the goal was to see if a gene introduced into an abnormal embryo could be traced in stem cells that are harvested from the embryo. Such work could help shed light on why abnormal embryos fail to develop, he said.
However, some groups are crying foul saying such work can lead to “designer babies” saying it turns children into designed objects, and would create an unequal society where some people are genetically enriched while others would be considered inferior.
Where do you stand? Is it ethically unacceptable to genetically alter an embryo?
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