Worries about eugenics often resurface with the introduction of new genetic technologies that allow us to “improve” humans in some way, most notably gene editing, such as CRISPR-Cas9, and reproductive technologies, such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis - Gry Wester


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Scientists Confront the Ghost of Eugenics

The recent rise of Crispr, a powerful gene editing tool, has given scientists the ability to more easily and quickly manipulate DNA in the laboratory, allowing them to alter the traits of animals and plants—and, potentially, of human embryos as well. Gene editing offers the prospect of finding cures for intractable diseases, but it has also raised concerns that it might one day be used to engineer humans who are more intelligent, beautiful or athletic. “Eugenics,” says Henry T. Greely, director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and the Biosciences, is “the ghost at the table.”

In the early decades of the 20th century, prominent American scientists and physicians were involved…

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