First U.S. team edits human embryo using CRISPR tech

Aug 03, 2017, 8:03 AM EDT
(Source: Gabriel Rodríguez/flickr)
(Source: Gabriel Rodríguez/flickr)

Almost two years after Chinese researchers forayed into gene editing of a human embryo, a team of American scientists in Portland, Oregon, have successfully created genetically edited human embryos, paving the way for elimination or correction of genes that cause inherited diseases.  

Although the application of gene-editing technology CRISPR holds great promise, a section of religious organizations, civil society groups, and biotech companies believe the method could easily be abused to produce “designer babies,” notes MIT Technology Review.

Besides ethical concerns, experts also fear that minor editing errors could lead to permanent problems in the human gene pool, writes The Verge.