Genetically-edited babies

Posted on: Wed 20 Feb 2019

The world’s first genetically-edited twins were born in China last year, and authorities have confirmed that a second woman is pregnant with a genetically-edited child. Gene-editing technology has been developed as a way of allowing men infected with AIDS to father children protected from the virus, but these developments raise some ethical questions. Will gene-editing lead to other health risks for the children? And what will happen if the technology designed to protect children is harnessed to improve them instead?

Breakfast’s Zoe and Tom were joined by Janna Thompson, Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University, to discuss the implications of this technology.



Produced by Robbie Falzon

Image: Wikimedia Commons


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