Speed bump ahead: Experts call for halt to ‘gene-edited babies’

Experts warn of potential to 're-engineer the human species' in light of recent experiments
Reuters Health

Top scientists and ethicists from seven countries have called for a global moratorium on gene editing of human eggs, sperm or embryos that would result in genetically altered babies after a Chinese researcher last year announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited twins.

News of their birth prompted global condemnation of the work, raising the ethical spectre of so-called designer babies, in which embryos could be genetically modified to produce children with desirable traits.