Virtuous Deliberations

  • Joseph R. Carvalko Jr.


In this section we cover current governmental regulation and think tank policy proposals concerning gene editing. We indicate that no consensus has been forthcoming among scientists regarding the imposition of prohibitions or moratoriums to germ line editing. In March 2019, eighteen scientists and ethicists from seven countries called for an international governance framework, including a global moratorium on changing heritable DNA (in sperm, eggs, or embryos) to make genetically modified children. They propose the “establishment of an international framework in which nations, while retaining the right to make their own decisions, voluntarily commit to not approve any use of clinical germline editing unless certain conditions are met.” Others have chimed in such as: The New England Journal of Medicine, which published two articles, both strongly in favor of germ line editing. This position supports much of which is already occurring in the field. The American Academy of Science and others have scheduled a worldwide conference to discuss policy.

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  • Joseph R. Carvalko Jr.
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  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Center for BioethicsYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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