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BAG. Journal of basic and applied genetics

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LIMA, N.S. CRISPR/Cas9: bioethical reflections on genome modifications. BAG, J. basic appl. genet. [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.1, pp.7-15. ISSN 1852-6233.

CRISPR/Cas9 can be considered the biotechnogical discovery of the century. However, reflections on the plausibility and feasibility of producing permanent changes in the DNA of gametes and embryos throw new light on CRISPR. As in modifications in the germinal line can be inherited and hence, observed throughout generations. While this might be desirable for some, besides the technological impact, CRISPR also seems to have an ethical impact on society. These ethical impacts can be observed in the diverse reactions to CRISPR from across the globe. For instance, a request for the complete suspension of clinical application (that is, the prohibition of implanting an embryo with CRISPR modifications in the uterus) till certain basic research requirements were met and approved. Broadly, this technology has been prematurely also characterized as “disruptive” by some. This paper will analyze these ethical, political, social, medical and subjective reactions in light of the social - not technological - phenomenon created by CRISPR.

Palabras clave : Genetic edition; DNA changes; Human genome.

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