For Faster Science: Accelerated Genetic Engineering

Amitai Etzioni 


While acknowledging that there are many risks associated with genetic engineering, this article asserts that delaying the research and development of genetic engineering has high human costs. Genetic engineering could prevent millions of premature deaths, eliminate the suffering associated with many diseases and conditions, and save millions of family members from the anguish of watching their loved ones suffer and die from genetic conditions. Societal deliberations on the topic of genetic engineering have existed for decades, and a majority of people now support genetic interventions. Highly legitimate social justice issues can be addressed without holding advances in science hostage.




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