STAT - Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine

STAT - Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine

Agree or disagree, Pandora’s Box is open. These decisions will be made neither by governments, nor a plurality of citizens, nor academic institutions. They will be made by individuals with sufficient training or sufficient wealth to hire skilled services. You can disagree with the author on the ethics of what He Jiankui did, but you’d be (mostly) missing the point. Josiah is correct about the fact that embryo editing is coming very soon, and for many applications beyond curing genetic disease. Attempts at enhancement will be successful and will be embraced early, especially among the wealthy. If you need evidence of this, look no further than the recent college admissions scandals. The world is not ready for what’s coming. Most people don’t even realize how close George Church is to reversing aging in humans, and the societal impacts of that may far exceed a little gene editing. Take solace in the fact that the technology is democratized, but buckle up because it’s about to get both exciting and ethically complicated!!



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