Scientists have, for the first time, successfully freed embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families.
It potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations.
This sounds very exciting and if there is a way to prevent future generations from getting disease, I'm all for it. With a few caveats, though.
The first is the designer baby fear. Those that can afford techniques such as this, may not only use it to to edit out disease, but could edit out other "undesirable" things as well and thus create designer babies who all look perfect, are intelligent and are super athletic.
The other concern is with the method itself, it's called Crispr. My limited understand of this topic which I've read about says that there is more that one way to do editing of genes and Crispr is a accelerated way of doing things, perhaps even rushed. Could it therefore be dangerous?