Evolving policy with science

03 March 2017 Vol 355, Issue 6328

Evolving policy with science
By R. Alta Charo, Richard O. Hynes
Science03 Mar 2017 : 889
Albert Schweitzer, physician and Nobel laureate, wrote: “The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.” The evolution of U.S. policy governing heritable human germline modification reflects this observation, and a “Human Genome Editing” consensus study committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) concluded last month that clinical trials for heritable editing, under strict regulations, may eventually be permissible for parents hoping to prevent serious diseases in their children.