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Editing Human Embryos and Adults

Option 1: Editing Human Embryos and Adults
With respect to gene editing in human embryos, most research is focused on fixing or removing harmful mutations that may cause diseases, but there are some fears of creating designer babies. In addition, we can edit the genes in adults, if we use a targeted approach. Read the articles below, and then respond to the prompt.
Questions to consider:
What is your take on the research?
Are there any benefits and/or costs?
Should we be focusing on this? Is there reason for concern?
Articles for Editing Human Embryos and Adults:
Andorno, R., Baylis, F., Darnovsky, M., Dickenson, D., Haker, H., Hasson, K., . . . Zuscinova, J. (2020, January 31). Geneva Statement on Heritable Human Genome Editing: The Need for Course Correction. Trends in Biotechnology, 38. (4), 351-354. Retrieved December 01, 2020, from https://www.cell.com/trends/biotechnology/fulltext/S0167-7799(19)30317-8?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0167779919303178%3Fshowall%3Dtrue
Flatow, I. (Host). (2018, November 30). The First CRISPR-Edited Babies Are (Probably) Here. Now What? [Audio podcast episode]. In Science Friday. WNYC Studios. Retrieved from https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-first-crispr-edited-babies-are-probably-here-now-what/
Kaiser, J. (2017, November 15). A