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Human germline genome editing and broad societal consensus

Nature Human Behaviour volume 1, Article number: 0103 (2017) | Download Citation

Should human genome editing be limited to somatic cells, or should germline genome editing also be permitted? Should (apparently) permissible human genome editing be limited to therapeutic purposes, or should enhancement purposes also be permitted? Who decides, and on what basis?

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  1. Françoise Baylis is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy, Novel Tech Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, PO Box 15000, 1379 Seymour Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2, Canada.

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