A number of scientists have signed a request to stop genetic engineering of babies, but a leading U.S. expert is reading between the lines.
The international group of scientists wants a worldwide moratorium on altering genes so as to halt the practice of designer babies. Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute tells OneNewsNow the move comes after a scientist in China altered the genes of two girls.
"His idea supposedly was he wanted to make them immune to the HIV/AIDS virus. It didn't work out that way, but he actually gestated them to birth," Dr. Prentice explains. "So these people are trying to say, 'Oh, wait a minute. Wait a minute; we shouldn't be gestating these gene-edited babies,' which sounds good at the outset."
So the scientists are saying experiments should be able to continue, but only for the time being, the tiny human beings should not be implanted into a womb for birth.
"They really want to kind of pull the wool over people's eyes here and make it look like they're very concerned about the ethics of embryo research and designer babies, but they really just want to leave the door open for them to do all the practice and experiments they want," Dr. Prentice submits.
He says that does not settle the question of ethics and suggests a complete worldwide ban on gene-editing experiments on embryos or germ cells.