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Gene Manipulation In Human Embryos Provokes Ethical Questions:
This controversial new research could have some serious, long-term societal implications. [Video]

[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]

A team of Chinese scientists raised eyebrows in April when they modified the genetic code of human embryos to correct the gene defect that causes the hereditary blood disease beta-thalassemia. Now, many researchers and ethicists fear that the technology used to make those manipulations might one day be "exploited for non-therapeutic modifications" such as selecting for intelligence and physical appearance.

(Originally aired on November 17, 2015)


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