Science | Gene-editing technology carries great promise—and great risk
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/28/16, 01:00 am
Cutting-edge microbiology was an election issue in 2004, when presidential candidate John Kerry used Michael J. Fox and the late Christopher Reeve as object lessons for his proposal to lift federal “bans” (actually, restrictions on federal money) from embryonic stem cell research. Since then, experimentation on human embryos has not been much of a political football, perhaps because it has produced no significant results. It’s time to open the conversation again, in light of the new technology storming the frontier of genetic research all over the world.