Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eventually eliminate some inherited diseases. If the technology is used on embryos or egg and sperm cells, it could eliminate some diseases from succeeding generations. However, doctors don’t know how such “germline editing” or errors in execution of it would affect other genes for generations to come, calling the practice into question.
- Dr. Debra Mathews, Assistant Director for Science Programs, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- Alta Charo, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, Law and Medical Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison