Can human genome editing be regulated? | Inside Story

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Our genetic makeup has fascinated scientists and medical researchers for decades.
There have been significant advances in the field of rewriting the blueprint of life or our DNA.
It’s been used to treat and prevent a number of disorders and diseases.
But it could also be used to create what some have called ‘designer babies’.
The medical world is divided over the approach.
Last year, a scientist in China said he created the world’s first genetically edited twins — leading to global condemnation.
Scientists have gathered in Geneva this week to try come up with some regulations.
But how would officials enforce rules around our DNA?
And what are the risks of advanced research into human genetics?

Presenter: Hazem Sika

Guests:

Owen Schaefer – Biomedical Ethicist.

Sharon Begley – Senior Science Writer at STAT, a health-focused news website owned by the Boston Globe.

Helen O’Neil, Lecturer in Reproductive and Molecular Genetics at University College London.

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