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Forum Posts by
Jennifer M. Gumer

  • When Might Human Germline Editing Be Justified?

    Posted on September 26, 2019

    Last month, an international commission convened to consider whether and how germline editing – changing the genes passed on to children and future generations — should proceed. The discussions focused mainly on the safety risks of the technology, which, while important, are not the only issues to consider. Any conversation regarding germline editing must also honestly and thoroughly assess the potential benefits of the technology, which, for several reasons, are more limited than generally acknowledged.

  • Why Human Germline Editing Might Never Be Legal in the U.S.

    Posted on August 9, 2019

    What would it take for the first case of gene editing of a human embryo, egg, or sperm to proceed in the U.S.? Many legal and ethical hurdles involving clinical trials, for starters.