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Moratorium Urged on Germ Line Gene Therapy

Science  22 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5487, pp. 2023
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5487.2023a

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A report issued this week by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (publisher of Science) has called for a total moratorium on attempts to cure genetic diseases by altering the genome in ways that would be passed from one generation to the next. Human germ line gene therapy would be unsafe and unethical, the report concludes. And it urges the government to create an independent panel to monitor public and private research and prevent such risky experiments.