A Pew Research Center poll found that 76 percent of Americans say that editing a baby’s genes in order to prevent a serious disease at birth is acceptable. The poll was conducted to better understand public opinion about gene editing technology.
The survey found that 60 percent of Americans are in favor of the use of gene-editing technology in unborn babies to lower the likelihood that the child will develop a serious disease over his or her lifetime.
Gene editing in babies is inching closer to becoming a reality as a new technology, known as CRISPR, which can effectively cut the DNA, becomes more widely understood and used.
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