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To prevent serious medical conditions, scientists should be able to edit people's DNA, panel says

To prevent serious medical conditions, scientists should be able to edit people's DNA, panel says

Scientists should be allowed to alter a person’s DNA in ways that will be passed on to future generations, but only to prevent serious and strongly heritable diseases, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

However, tinkering with these genes in order to enhance or alter traits such as strength, intelligence or beauty should remain off-limits, the report authors concluded. 

Changing the so-called germline — effectively, editing humanity’s future by altering genes in human...

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