Human Genetic Engineering Begins

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By Wesley J. Smith

Some of the most powerful technologies ever invented — which can change human life at the DNA level — are moving forward with very little societal discussion or sufficient regulatory oversight. MIT Technology Review is now reporting an attempt in the U.S. to use CRISPR to genetically modify a human embryo:

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.

The effort, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University, involved changing the DNA of a large number of one-cell embryos with the gene-editing technique CRISPR, according to people familiar with the scientific results…

Now Mitalipov is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented upon and by demonstrating that it is possible to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases.

Although none of the embryos were allowed to develop for more than a few days — and there was never any intention of implanting them into a womb — the experiments are a milestone on what may prove to be an inevitable journey toward the birth of the first genetically modified humans.

It may start with curing disease. But it won’t stay there. Many are drooling to engage in eugenic genetic enhancements.

So, are we going to just watch, slack-jawed, the double-time march to Brave New World unfold before our eyes? Or are we going to engage democratic deliberation to determine if this should be done, and if so, what the parameters are?

Considering recent history, I fear I know the answer. And no: I don’t trust “The Scientists” to regulate themselves.

Read the full article at Evolution News and Science Today

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1 Comment

  1. Yet another Cabal win. And their agenda goes screaming ahead, without anyone doing diddly to stop it. 5G, Geo Engineering in the open. Vaccination programs going ahead enforced by the judicary. Weapons sales to Cabal War machine countries. Fracking with the police beating and fitting people up who protest. All to protect big busniesses interests
    The juidciary protecting high level paedophiles. And the agenda to make it acceptabe as a sexual orientation is scarily ,making too much progress. And where are the so called Light forces to stop it? None existant
    We the people are too busy bickering. Or struggling to make ends meet. Or suffering badly, so arent able to do anything other than keep their heads above water.
    I hate to say it. But looks like the Cabal have won. As no one is doing any arrest of the problem. They are protecting the problem