Utah researcher says premature use of embryonic gene editing 'shocking'

Dana Carroll fears Chinese experiments could alter worldwide progress of research

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  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 1:19 p.m.

    The dangers of this genetic meddling were foretold in groundbreaking TV fiction over 50 years ago:

    "Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity, but improve man and you gain a thousand fold. I am such a man."

    -Khan Noonien Singh, 2267

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Dec. 3, 2018 11:20 a.m.

    How about creating a race of quasi-humans that are very compliant, easy-going, hard-working and never complain. They just do whatever the Dear Leader instructs.


  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 2, 2018 8:56 p.m.

    The first to successfully pull this off, it could be worth billions, possibly trillions. That’s why this guy, He, threw caution to the wind and is testing on human babies, apparently allowed on China.
    Gene splicing could definitely help mankind combat diseases and congenital conditions. But unharnessed, creation of superhumans is not beyond the realm of possibility.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Dec. 2, 2018 7:53 p.m.

    If, from a scientific point of view, you can, then you can be certain that some will - regardless of any ethical considerations. Science, to most scientists, is an end in itself; human considerations are not of much, if any, value to them.

    I spent over a decade as a management consultant primarily trying to change behavior of engineers and others with strictly scientific backgrounds, to enable them to factor in human responses to situations. All were highly flawed when dealing with people they tried to work with. Fundamentally, all these folks saw, was a set of scientific criteria with zero variables involving the humans around them impacted by the situation.

    This is precisely the 'scientific mindset' and is something to be very concerned about if you are interested in human well-being.

  • hankel Butte, MT
    Dec. 2, 2018 4:39 p.m.

    @vkswm - Rochester, NY

    "Science should not be feared, rather embraced, this new technology might lead to the eradication of genetic illness and some psychological malaise."

    Oh, and using human babies as "guinea pigs" is ok?

  • soccer coach Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 4:05 p.m.

    The movie is called Gattaca (1997). I was not sure I would live to see the day that this movie came true. Yikes!

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 12:34 p.m.

    To quote Dr Malcolm in Jurassic Park, Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 11:39 a.m.


    -Captain James Tiberus Kirk

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    Mice will not eat GMO food. Now human beings GMO -ed. As in the days of Noah. Corrupt.

  • Jvkswm Rochester, NY
    Dec. 2, 2018 11:26 a.m.

    Science should not be feared, rather embraced, this new technology might lead to the eradication of genetic illness and some psychological malaise. Science lead humanity of of the dark age and has given us greater longevity and technology that makes life better.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    "The alarmists who claimed that scientists won't behave responsibly in the development of the next generation of gene editing now have ammunition," said Kyle Orwig, a reproductive specialist at the University of Pittsburgh."

    That's why we can't have nice things. Irresponsible researchers ruin it for everyone!

    But if there are going to be violations, of course China will lead the way!

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 11:03 a.m.

    In our opinion: Colleges would benefit from a little less outrage and a little more critical thinking, By In Our Opinion, For the Deseret News

    The DESNEWs needs to do the above also.

    Why is anyone shocked? The Chinese have been selectively aborting female babies for the last 30+ years.

    If they are willing to abort a baby for its gender, why would they, like 1930-40 Germany, not experiment and see if they can make a master race?

  • MacD slc, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 8:35 a.m.

    Brave New World is here too soon.

  • Million Riverton, UT
    Dec. 2, 2018 6:48 a.m.

    First you abhor, then you tolerate, then you accept, then you embrace. What is it going to take for society to accept this, the idea of reducing deformities and/or diseases? I don't know. It took awhile to accept vaccines. And blood transfusions. Invitro reproduction. And heart transplants, I mean the heart is where the soul lies, some thought. And sheep carrying babies to term (they haven't perfected that one yet). If it can be done people are working on it as we discuss the situation. Are we ready for a super race?

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 1, 2018 8:49 p.m.

    Why is anyone shocked.. the human race has a dismal track record when it comes to restraining itself

    This will happen again and again and again....