Policy ForumGenetic Technology Regulation

Editing policy to fit the genome?

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Science  22 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6271, pp. 337-339
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6778

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Balancing therapeutic prospects brought by scientific advances with regulation to address highly contested socioethical issues is the ultimate challenge in dealing with disruptive science. Human genome editing is a powerful tool that offers great scientific and therapeutic potential (1, 2). Yet, it rejuvenates socioethical and policy questions surrounding the acceptability of germline modification.