A majority of Americans are in favor of changing the DNA of an unborn baby to improve the child's health, a new survey shows.
A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 76 percent of Americans say that having to edit a baby's genes to prevent a serious disease at birth is acceptable. The survey was conducted to better understand public opinion about gene editing technology.
The survey found that 60 percent of Americans are using unborn babies for gene-editing technology to increase the likelihood that the child will develop a serious one
At the same time, the majority of respondents think that using such techniques could increase a baby's intelligence, for example, a step "too far" – only 19 percent of respondents were in favor.
About 2,537 people in the US took the poll between April 23 and May 6, 2018.
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In June, US researchers designed a technique to hide some autism-related traits mice, but they still do not know if this will ever be safe in humans.
In another study, described in the journal Nature scientists described the ability to work with CRISPR genes in human embryos to correct a mutation that causes a heart defect.
Carry out this repair because we have removed the disease-causing gene variant from the family line, "said one of the lead investigators, Shoukhrat Mitalipov, to the BBC.
" By using this technique it is possible to reduce the burden of this However, questions remain regarding the safety and ethics of working on the human genome. To date, the US Food and Drug Administration does not allow for clinical trials Experiments involving a genetic cause include changes that can be inherited, according to The New York Times .
"A method of being able to avoid the affected children passing the affected gene "Families could really be very important for these," said Robin Lovell-Badge of the Francis Crick Institute over the BBC.
"In terms of when, definitely not yet, it will be a while before we know it will be safe."