Scientists Have Successfully Created The First Genetically Modified Human Embryo
Some scientists have successfully modified the genes of a human embryo. According to reports, researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou are the ones who did this, by using CRISPR/Cas9 method in order to knock a gene named HBB.
If you don’t know, this gene causes a lethal blood disorder called β-thalassaemia, but researchers were able to pull it out. This is the first time in history of scientific research that CRISPR technique has been used on an embryonic human genome.
The method in question, CRISPR/Cas9, utilized a very complex enzyme, to cut out and replace HBB like faulty gene segments. Healthy gene segments replace the faulty one.
It has been claimed on many occasions that genetic modification can cure issues like Parkinson’s, Down syndrome or Sickle-Cell Anemia.
All that even before a person is born, tell me that isn’t amazing?
On the other hand, people who don’t agree with genetic modification, say this could lead to potential genetic issue that could be worse than the disease itself.
Some say that it goes beyond ethical boundaries. Still, research is being done on the matter by those who advocate such practices.
While this research could lead to wonders, the consequences could be sever.