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Breakthrough: Human Embryos Safely Edited to Remove Disease

Breakthrough: Human Embryos Safely Edited to Remove Disease

03:41 25th September 2017 | Hereditary Mutations

Inherited Mutations Prevent a Disease Prevention Disease Cure Human Embryos Dangerous Mutations Heart Disease DNA Mutations Moral Concerns Ethical Concerns Edited Embryos Uterus Fetus Women's Health Molecular Scissors Natural Defense System Human Application Bacterium Harmful Infections Virus Genetic diseases Chromosomal Abnormaliities Healthy Embryos Transfer Implantation PGD PGS

What if, instead of trying to prevent a disease – or attempting to cure it – it could just be eliminated, before birth? Surely the world as we know it would change forever, in practically countless ways?

One of the latest breakthroughs in science involved the editing of genes in a human embryo to safely remove a dangerous mutation which results in heart disease.

Some researchers and experts believe the procedure could one day be...

Designer babies: Is this taking things too far?

Designer babies: Is this taking things too far?

19:13 31st May 2016 | Embryo Screening

Genetic Modification PGD Genetic Diseases DNA Designer Baby

Genetic engineering is the deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material. A so-called designer baby would be the result of genetic modification undertaken to create desired traits in the child. It is not yet a reality but it is enormously controversial and the subject of fierce debate worldwide.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure that is performed prior to implan...

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