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Poll: Do you agree with gene editing?

The controversial process could help eradicate certain diseases.

US SCIENTISTS HAVE repaired a disease-causing mutation in the DNA of early-stage human embryos, taking a step closer to engineering babies free of inherited disorders.

The team’s successful use of the CRISPR gene editing tool in viable embryos has been hailed as a technical feat by some, but criticised by others as ‘playing God’.

Gene editing is controversial because it evokes a future in which humans can order ‘designer’ babies with specific features. However, there is also the prospect of avoiding heritable, genetic diseases that can lead to serious health issues or death.

We want to know: Do you agree with gene editing?

Poll Results:

Yes (5042)
No (2109)
I'm not sure (1717)

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