British Scientist Plans to Genetically Modify Human Embryos After Ethics Committee’s Approval

Written by on May 29, 2016 in Sci-Tech, Science with 53 Comments
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By Joseph Jankowski | Activist Post

Genetically modified humans might seem like a far-out idea that has a place only in science fiction but is actually what some scientists have in store for humanity in the very near future.

After receiving the go-ahead from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) earlier this year, British scientist Dr. Kathy Niakan, of the Francis Crick Institute, will now be able to genetically modify human embryos.


Dr. Niakan will use a gene editing technique on embryos that have been donated by consenting patients undergoing fertility treatment.

The Telegraph reports:

Despite the approval, the start of research may still be months away due to the difficulties of obtaining sufficient embryos.

The controversial project is thought to mark the second time the procedure will be undertaken. Scientists in China, who carried out the first experiment but are not believed to have been approved by a regulator, were met with widespread criticism.

Dr Niakan, speaking at a briefing in central London in January, said she hoped the research would give hope to prospective patients.

“We would really like to understand the genes that are needed for an embryo to develop into a healthy baby,” she said.

“Miscarriage and infertility are extremely common but they are not very well understood. We believe that this research could improve our understanding of the very earliest stages of human life.”

According to Dr. Niakan, 50 percent of human embryos fail to reach the early developmental blastocyst stage.

“If we were to understand the genes, it could really help us improve infertility treatment and provide crucial insights into the causes of miscarriage,” Niakan said.

Some believe that this type of genetic engineering will pave the path for “designer babies” which would be an act of god by humans.

Others, such as Dr. Kiakan, are looking at this as a way to advance the good health of humanity.

Either way you look at this, it is safe to that some very interesting results could come from the genetic tampering of humans.

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  1. Think positively, Enjoy life, Appreciate the little things that happen around you everyday. Thankfulness brings contentment.

  2. Mary Hart Mary Hart says:

    I’m sure things like this have been going on for a while.

  3. Sisqo Rams Sisqo Rams says:

    Yes its good if they could come ul with a non-dying and sickness free human

  4. Yes but think about it what is it that they’re doing to alter the embryo, adding this and that taking away certain chromosomes adding chromosomes, what is it that they would do. Whatever it may be you have no idea what harm that would do to the human in the latter years mentally and physically. cause so many things were genetically altered in their D.N.A. How can that even sound NORMAL you going to doc saying ok I’ll order this color and this hair and eye color. I know people will say oh it’s cause of being illness free, well this words I’m putting are from a person with an illness, an illness that I will succumb to one day and my daughter will aa well, and I’d do anything to prevent my daughter from going through the same fate as me, but I still wouldn’t choose to genetically alter her, cause than she wouldn’t be Her, the child she is suppose to be.

  5. Was replying to the ones that said it’s an good idea

  6. Anna Blalack Anna Blalack says:

    Playing God……man seeks to be his own God……

  7. To be sure, to be sure, ethically committed approved

  8. Tony Kabz Tony Kabz says:

    Crazy world we live in.

  9. This scares me. This may be the first step towards something darker.

  10. Kevin Cowan Kevin Cowan says:

    As long as the (wildly incorrect) label of “junk DNA” still exists, we ought not to release genetic modifications into the wild.

    • The djinn is already out of the bottle. It’s not going to stop, so regulation and enforcement of ethical codes on a global scale, *including international waters*, is absolutely vital.

  11. Victoria Lee Victoria Lee says:

    Weird… and unnecessary

  12. Aman Amaan Aman Amaan says:

    Do dr think that he is better programming of life than the God!

  13. Shepard Lauber Kirby Swan Jeremy McCray

  14. Nick Bonardy Nick Bonardy says:

    Yeah that is a very, very good way to Improve The empty pool of GOOD Politicians !

  15. Daniel Em Daniel Em says:

    Good, go for it. Wonderful news.

  16. ?No…This isn’t “wonderful News”….

  17. We’re always being modified, one way or another, and while “futuristic”, these types of manipulations will happen sooner than we think. Humans are organisms in a changing world. It might be a good idea if it can prevent suffering, but I’m sure there is already human cloning going on secretly.

  18. Kathy Popp Kathy Popp says:

    what makes you think this hasn’t been tried already. Is years after Dolly the sheep. Who incidently was sickly and didn’t live very long.

  19. Kathy Popp Kathy Popp says:

    Playing God is dangerous.

  20. Tee Smith Tee Smith says:

    Sick people all ways experimenting.

  21. Bee Hoffman Bee Hoffman says:

    No, Its one of those things that sounds like a good idea. But the reality will be something totally different. and I think and feel it will only end up being a very bad thing.

  22. I don’t know how you can improve on Gods plan.

  23. Emery Myers Emery Myers says:

    If a species is intelligent enough, to achieve this technology, it seems almost natural for said species, to enhance it’s genome.

  24. so they made it legal now

  25. Don’t mess with nature,results can be devastating.

  26. Ron Slobe Ron Slobe says:

    Soon to be Round Up ready.

  27. Round up immune humans? Genius!

  28. Wrong , wrong, wrong Wrong on every level.

  29. Think Brave New World and cry

  30. Does humanity really need a master race???

  31. Super Humans are Coming .. That means all the Dummies are F$$ked ..

  32. This kind of thing and more has been going on in international (basically scientifically unregulated) waters for years. Eliminating “genetic” diseases is a wonderful thing. Where it gets iffy for me is with military efforts to create super-humans. Ethics committees free of financial influence (Monsanto et al) are absolutely vital as this science continues.

  33. right on… beaker babies

  34. Science is good but the potential of human genetics will take care of it self lets see what happens.

  35. This is against the natural order.

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