The Benefits of Embryonic Enhancement for Intended ParentsTechnology can be a scary thing. It often brings about changes that seem foreign to many people and can be difficult to understand. But once individuals have a better grasp of the capabilities and benefits offered, they usually start to view technological advances in a new way. Scientific discoveries, no matter what benefits they might indicate, are generally met with skepticism by the general public. That skepticism is often combined with moral and religious scrutiny as well, especially when the science behind the discoveries deals with human biology. This past summer, a team of researchers in Oregon conducted the first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos. They used a gene-editing technique called CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) to change the DNA of a large number of one-cell embryos. The embryos were not allowed to develop beyond a few days, but the experiments are a significant step toward correcting genes that carry inherited diseases.
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