Regenerative Medicine and Human Genetic Modification

Revised 1/17 “Chinese scientists have genetically modified a human embryo again,” read the headline. Genetic engineering of humans is no longer science fiction. The International Summit on Human Gene Editing was held to discuss critical issues in this area. Gene editing, a key tool for this work offers great promise but potential problems. Yet, there have not been any Congressional Hearings on the topic. In terms of the future of regenerative medicine, one just has to look at the Mexican Salamander, which has the ability to “regenerate” a limb when it is cut off. Image if someone who had a heart attack or needed a new kidney, and they could …

Author: Ed Gaskin
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