Swedish scientist wants to edit DNA of healthy embryos

9NEWS at 11 a.m. 09/22/16.

KUSA - A Swedish researcher wants to be the first person to try to modify the genes of healthy human embryos, NPR reports.

Fredrik Lanner wants to learn more about the genes that regulate early embryonic development in hopes of eventually finding ways to treat infertility and prevent miscarriages.

This is a practice that’s been considered fairly taboo due to ethical and safety concerns, due to fears that scientists could eventually use the technology to make genetically modified human babies.

Lanner says he’s only studying the embryos for the first seven days of their growth, and that he doesn’t plan to let them develop past 14 days.

You can read NPR’s full report here: http://n.pr/2d3pw4e

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