Russia’s CRISPR “deaf babies”: the next genome editing frontier? | Impact Ethics

Russia’s CRISPR “deaf babies”: the next genome editing frontier?

July 9, 2019 · by impact ethics · in Assisted Reproduction, Clinical Ethics, Disability, Law & Policy, Public Health, Science and Technology

Jackie Leach Scully and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke worry about the ableist and audist assumptions hidden in this venture.

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In November 2018, the world learned that a Chinese biophysicist, He Jiankui, had used CRISPR genome editing technology to manipulate the genomes of two children prior to their birth to make them immune to HIV infection. This was followed by almost universal condemnation and calls for a global moratorium. But it was entirely predictable that before [...]

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