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Submitted by jkswanson on Thu, 12/06/2018 - 21:21

A major breakthrough may have just taken place in the genetic industry as a chinese company says that they have used CRISPR CAS 9 to take a human embryo and basically duplicate it to make two identical twins.  This is a really huge breakthrough for the ability of what CRISPR CAS 9 can do but  the question that now arises, is it ethical.  This is a ahard question to answer as human life is a natural occuring process that's has remained untouched until very recently.  These new experiments show how we are capable of so much using this CRISPR CAS 9, not soon in our future will we see technology with the ability to edit the huan embryo genome to get rid of disease, predetermine a height or a sex, or even design an entire life form to be advangtagous in everywhich way. The question still remains, is it ethical?  In my opinion it is a very much case by case thing, if a fetus is confirmed to have a disease and you have the asy option to edit the genome and basically get ird of that disease, wouldn't that be the most ethical thing to do.  It brings back the idea that life is something that should be untouched and unedited becuase that is how it has always been. Some may use that to argue diseases are needed, that it is a way of life.  I disagree, for thousands of years technology has been changing the way we do things and I think that once we are smart enough to safely do these things with CRSPR CAS 9 or other technology then I think it should be allowed.  It is just another huge technological advancement.  Humans used to give birth in the wild before civilizations were a thing and slowly over time we have developed more and more technology to make the process safer and easier. Drugs, rooms, equipment, knowlegde have all been a huge help in the safety of human birth and this is just another one of those advancements.