Brave new world: is human genome editing morally permissible?
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Brave new world: is human genome editing morally permissible?

Pippa Sipanoun Paediatric cardiac intensive care nurse and member of the clinical ethics committee, Great Ormond Street Hospital for and on behalf of the RCN’s Research in Child Health community

Use of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tool poses ethical questions about eradiating inherited diseases versus creating so-called ‘designer babies’. Pippa Sipanoun, who undertook a master’s degree in medical ethics and law, examines ethical and clinical arguments for and against

Background

It is illegal in the UK to alter genomes or embryos used to conceive a child, but last year one group of scientists in London was given a licence to genetically edit donated human embryos to improve understanding of human embryo development.

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 9,21-21. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.29.9.21.s20