Genetic Engineering

Gene Engineered Babies: ‘Shoot First, Ask Questions Later’ Science

"[H]ow did this unethical experiment happen? We generally permit “the scientists” in this sector to self-regulate through voluntary guidelines. We also smile at researchers treating nascent human life like potter’s clay–objects not subjects–as if that were of only passing moral concern." - National Review

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Christians to Science: Leave Animals the Way God Designed Them—Except Mosquitoes

"A new survey released today by the Pew Research Center finds 7 in 10 Americans support genetically engineering mosquitoes to limit their reproduction, which would slow the spread of diseases . . . Evangelicals were equally supportive of the idea (69%), and Catholics even more so (75%)." - CToday

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Three-parent babies get FDA review

"This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to allow scientists to test a genetic technique that would create babies by combining DNA from three people. The goal is to prevent genetic diseases caused by defective mitochondrial DNA inherited from the mother, but the proposal raises concerns about the procedure’s ethical, medical, and social consequences." WORLD

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Here come the engineered life forms

“Synthetic biology uses genetic engineering and other techniques to create novel organisms tailored for particular tasks. The idea is that by synthesizing DNA and by combining standard genetic building blocks, engineers can efficiently design a biological machine much as they might design a bridge or computer chip.”
U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology

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