Can scientists convince religious groups that genome editing is okay?
One geneticist is seeking allies among the faithful
Religious leaders and bioethicists have debated genome editing for decades, but it’s largely been a theoretical consideration. CRISPR makes once-theoretical notions — say, editing the genomes of embryos — a very real possibility. (Those changes are called “germline” edits and would be passed on to future generations.) It’s a revolution that’s being driven by scientists like famed geneticist and her Harvard Medical School researcher George Church.