This will create social and legal norms for the adoption of various kinds of laws related to editing the DNA of the sperm and the egg.
The Global Conference of the British Council on Ethics will be held tomorrow – July 23. Initially, it is intended to use the technology exclusively for medical purposes to reduce the predisposition to hereditary diseases, as well as cancer or dementia.
Earlier, the ethics council had already given in to the use of the DNA of a third person, but only to replace the faulty code in the mitochondria of the cell – this led to major discussions in the UK parliament, but as a result, the existing legislation changed. Complete editing of the genome is still prohibited – it is now considered ethical and allowed in many countries to grow a human GM embryo for exclusively research purposes in an artificial environment and no more than 14 days, after which it must be safely destroyed.
There are fears that the rapid development of this technology can lead to serious social problems, since it allows parents to choose not only, say, the final growth, but also the color of their child’s skin.