Researchers have found a way to edit the genetic makeup of an embryo to cure a hereditary defect.
This could be a major breakthrough in treating heredity diseases. But . . .
While this has yet to be tested on animals or humans, that time will come. If it or some similar process is successful, it means that parents in the future will have the ability to change their children before birth — sex, hair color, basically anything where we can identify the gene involved. A genetic mapping continues to improve, that means the ability to change anything.
We can truly bring a horror story to life. Remember The Stepford Wives?
- Adele S. Ricciardi, Raman Bahal, James S. Farrelly, Elias Quijano, Anthony H. Bianchi, Valerie L. Luks, Rachael Putman, Francesc López-Giráldez, Süleyman Coşkun, Eric Song, Yanfeng Liu, Wei-Che Hsieh, Danith H. Ly, David H. Stitelman, Peter M. Glazer, W. Mark Saltzman. In utero nanoparticle delivery for site-specific genome editing. Nature Communications, 2018; 9 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04894-2