Category Archives: human germline engineering

Utopia, dystopia: Separating truth from fiction in bioethics discussions

Let’s face it: Imagining the means of humanity’s ultimate destruction makes for great entertainment. There are no shortages of novels, movies and television shows featuring threats of global annihilation – zombie viruses, meteors hurtling through space, nuclear warfare – or…


Human germline engineering: The mom’s not in the picture

U.S. and British government agencies are moving toward enabling what would be the first clinical trials of what is, in effect, human germline engineering – genetic modifications that would be passed down through the generations. The modifications would not be…