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CRSPR is a DNA editing tool which allows scientists to alter DNA strands in order to cut out mutations or add missing elements which would theoretically render the coding of that plant, animal or human to be free of imperfection or disease.

The ethical implications are of course evident as, besides the correction of human diseases and deformities, you could envision a scenario where designer cattle, pigs or even babies would be handpicked by parents who would be eager to have that perfect offspring with blue eyes and blond hair.

Human nature being what it is, you are almost guaranteed to see the use of this technology test the limits of what is moral and ethically desirable and, even as nations introduce measures to control its use, there will be those who will wield its power for their own ends.

We are entering a brave new world where the human appetite for extended youth and beauty could supersede the implications that could ensue and gratifying an individual’s vanity or search for limitless wealth would be a tempting misuse of this technology.

Once a threshold is crossed there may be no going back and we don’t know the long term implications of altering the DNA of an individual whose future offspring will also necessarily be affected.

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/05/531537611/crispr-five-ways




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