UK researchers given green light for genetic modification of human embryos
February 01, 2016
A London-based research institution has received authorization to modify the genes of human embryos.
The Francis Crick Institute was given permission by Britain's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to perform genetic experiments on embryos that are stored by in-vitro fertility clinics. The first experiments will seek to determine why nearly half of all fertilized human eggs fail to develop.
Critics of the experimentation have warned that the research could pave the way for "designer babies." Kathy Niakan, leader of the Francis Crick research team, responds: "We would really like to understand the genes that are needed for an embryo to develop into a healthy baby."