life scientists and ethicists from seven countries call for a global temporary waiver of the creation of Designer babies, using genetic engineering methods, such as the Genschere Crispr/Cas9.
Before the safety of the technology has not been proven, and related ethical and societal issues are not resolved, should not all the Nations of the clinical application of such germ-line interventions. To do this, there should be a worldwide Moratorium, the scientists in the journal “Nature”. Under a Moratorium, it is understood agreed to contractually or legally imposed delay.
was Crucial for their call for, among other things, the birth of two babies in the past year, the genome of which wants to have tampered with the Chinese scientists He Jiankui, explain the researchers. Among the initiators of the moratorium pioneers of Crispr research, such as Emmanuelle Charpentier, the Director of Berlin’s Max-Planck-Institute for infection biology, and Feng Zhang from the Broad Institute in Cambridge (USA).
German experts welcome the initiative in principle, but in terms of concrete action, is also skeptical. “The initiative is honorable and it is to be hoped success”, said about the Medicine law expert Jochen Taupitz of the universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. “The political-practical implementation should, however, be very difficult.”