CEC Director Carter Snead Comments on Gene-Edited Babies

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

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O. Carter Snead, director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, was quoted in an Associated Press article commenting on a report that a researcher in China used CRISPR/Cas-9 technology to edit in vitro the genetic sequences of human babies. Professor Snead, a former advisor to the President's Council on Bioethics, called the report “deeply troubling, if true. No matter how well intentioned, this intervention is dangerous, unethical, and represents a perilous new moment in human history. These children, and their children’s children, have had their futures irrevocably changed without consent, ethical review or meaningful deliberation."