In Defense of Heritable Human Genome Editing: On the Geneva Statement by Andorno et al.

Trends in Biotechnology 3 (39):218-219 (2020)
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A paper by Andorno and colleagues, recently published in Trends in Biotechnology, condemns support for heritable human genome editing (HHGE) that is claimed to be premature and to have occurred without sufficient public consultation. The general message of the paper is welcome in its emphasis on the importance of gaining broader perspectives on the uses and regulation of HHGE before calls for clinical use are made. However, some problematic arguments for their position lead them to seemingly condemn not only current premature calls for clinical use of HHGE but also any analysis of the ways in which it might be appropriately regulated in the future.



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