Scientist Claims The First CRISPR Gene-Edited Babies Have Already Been Born
Hannah Brown, an expert in reproductive biology and Chief Science Storyteller at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, who wasn’t involved in the research, said this type of editing was unnecessary – especially seeing as HIV is already largely preventable for many people.
“While completely unsubstantiated, the reports today of the birth of the first genome-edited babies (twin girls) are hugely alarming,” Brown told the Australian Science Media Centre.
“The implications for cowboy-style “researchers” taking experiments into their own hands risk damaging the already fragile relationship between science and society.”
Perhaps more worrying is the fact that we just don’t know enough about CRISPR yet to be sure it’s safe, or how it will affect future generations. Recent studies have raised red flags about the side effects of this kind of gene editing.