Scary stuff, and all the scarier because any genetic modifications will be inherited by offspring.
*Genetic experts cautioned the federal government Tuesday that it could take decades to confirm the safety of an experimental fertilization technique that would create babies from the DNA of three people, with the aim of preventing children from inheriting some debilitating diseases.
The Food and Drug Administration heard from supporters and opponents of the provocative technique at a two-day meeting, as the agency considers whether to greenlight testing in women who have defective genes linked to blindness, organ failure and many other inheritable diseases.*
*Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society said that FDA-sanctioned testing would cross a “bright policy line” into altering genes that will be passed down to future generations.
“It could well be the first time any jurisdiction in the world had authorized intentional genetic modification of children and their descendants. And it would be making this decision with little or no input from the public or elected officials,” said Darnovsky. Her group points out that 40 countries — including Germany and France — have laws banning human genetic changes that are passed on to future offspring.*