The primary ethical problems with CRISPR in humans so far have come from “germ line” genetic engineering.
They said they wouldn’t do it, but of course they did. Scientists working in China — where else? — have constructed embryos that are part human and part monkey.
This technology is still a long time from the potential for human application, but it presents issues we need to address now.
What appears to have great prospects for widespread, safe deployment of an inhalable anti-coronavirus therapy comes from an unlikely source.
“We have already genetically engineered babies, the march toward three- (or more) parent human embryos, and radical proposals for creating novel family forms.”