Hansen: Genetic Engineering Is Advancing Fast, And It’s Time To Talk About Ethics

Matthew Hansen

In a few short years, the parents of a newborn will know the baby’s full genome — every last secret buried in the bawling kid’s genetic code.

And in a few years, we will be good enough to reliably edit that genetic code, says one of Nebraska’s foremost scientists.

We may genetically rid that baby of Hunter syndrome. We may make her less likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life.

We also will have the gene editing tools to make her taller. Or stronger. Or smarter.

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