Scientists Cautiously OK the Next Genetic Revolution
Geege Schuman stashed this in Genetics
Well I certainly hope so!
“I think they’re calling for gene drives to go forward in a slow, careful manner,” said Art Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University School of Medicine. “It would be hard to argue that that’s a bad idea.”
Not everyone is slow and careful but they should be.
Well, this seems horrible. Even human low-tech breeding programs have been really questionable (e.g. see https://dogbehaviorscience.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/100-years-of-breed-improvement/) but why would that stop the arrogant from rewriting the genomes of entire species, and you know, seeing what happens?
Even the arrogant are weary of unintended consequences.