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Church May Back GM Embryos to Cure Inherited Diseases

by Oliver MoodyThe Times
December 14th, 2015

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The Church of England could agree to the genetic modification of human embryos, its medical ethics adviser has suggested.

The controversial method known as germline editing could be used to cure inherited diseases and treat infertility. There have been concerns, however, that the changes are passed on to future generations.

Critics of the technology, who include several European governments, have called for a global ban on the grounds that it could be unsafe and might lead to “designer babies” genetically enhanced to have greater strength or intelligence.

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