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Nuffield to consult on human genome editing technology

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched a consultation on the ethical considerations of genome editing on humans.

In a statement on 18 May, the council said that it wanted to gather people’s views on the potential use of the technology to avoid genetic conditions, confer resistance to disease and infection, or to enhance human traits such as exceptional intelligence or musical ability. It will report on its results later this year.

Karen Yeung, who chairs the council’s working group on genome editing, described the survey as “thought-provoking and challenging”.

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