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The National Academy of Sciences, came under fire after posting a video about gene editing and the “designer baby” on Monday, which it later took down.
The government-funded group’s efforts to set standards for gene editing, has also been linked to a quiz, which has since been removed.
The tweet read: “the Dream in order to grow your business. Or a smarter way? Do you dream of having a top student, or star athlete? Or a child free of inherited diseases? The human [gene edit] eventually, all of this and more is possible?” The caption will be included emojis on the brain, with bulging muscles, a doctor and an athlete.
An image of Monday’s, Sept., 30, shows a tweet posted by the National Academy of Sciences, which was later removed after criticism emerged. (AP photo)
The academy, on Tuesday, approved the deletion of the tweet, which came down after an Associated press report on the controversial video.
“We have removed an earlier post, the human genome has been edited,” the group said. “For our 2017 report, [ … ] recommends that we should not proceed with the human genome for purposes other than for the treatment or prevention of disease and disability.”
The web site will be hosted on the quiz and it said that it was taken down because of the academy, it is “concerned that the content, including a video, which is on the left with the misimpression that the use of the genome for the ‘enhancement’ of human traits, it is allowed, or taken lightly.”
“The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, has recommended that the non-heritable genome editing, must be restricted to the treatment or prevention of a disease or disability,” the organization said, also noting that the gene editing requires a lot of research and discussion on the code of ethics and the board of directors of the potential applications.”
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“Well, I’m disappointed by it,” said Alta Charo, an ethicist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She said that the tweet and video is to further peoples’ misunderstanding about the applications of gene therapy to manipulate, or falsely suggest that it is possible to give attributes, such as intelligence.
The video gave the false impression that the gene that can give the the positive features and without any of the potential drawbacks: “The definition of” hubris,” a Harvard Medical School Dean Dr George Daley said, adding, “We’re not there yet.”
The opponents of a gene edit to say: it is to change the DNS in the embryos, ova or sperm cells, are able to pass these changes on to future generations, instilling fear about what might happen. Last year, a Chinese researcher claimed to have done so in any of the two girls, and the announcement has been widely denounced, and has led to new calls for oversight. The academy of sciences and the World Health Organization, are separately formed scientific panels to consider.
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The video was part of a series, which is aimed at improving the public understanding of science in complex issues, college spokeswoman Molly, you go, said.
Galvin did not respond to The Associated Press’, requests for information, such as the question of whether public money is being paid for the video. The academy is a private group created by Congress to advise the federal government, accounting for about 85 percent of the financing comes from there.
The video included a clip of gene editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, with a discussion of the science.
In the video, showed it to the people who comment on an outline of a body, saying things like, “I like to think that I would want to be around any longer,” I would like to change the body fat” “Let’s prevent baldness”, and “to Take away the reading and writing difficulties.”
“This type of gene editing is still in the realm of science fiction. But it is, perhaps, not always,” the video said.
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The man in the video said, “the Creation of the perfect human being… That’s pretty cool,” while others are shaking their heads no.
“You want to get the best grades in your seed,” another man said. “I would like my child to have the best version of not just for me, but for him or her. So, if I can check to see if any part of the control is more to it than that, but I don’t mind at all. I don’t hate it.”
As a young woman in the video said that they were Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. While some of the as a handicap, and she didn’t, ” she said.
“If I had the chance to choose the best DNA for my child, I would want them to be smart,” another woman noted.
An illustration of the National Academy of Sciences web site on Tuesday, Oct. 2, it is to be a part of a video of a discussion of gene-editing and with designer babies. (National Academy of arts and Sciences, via AP)
One man is noted to have health problems to contend with, his family — such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart attacks — and said, “So I could be sure. I don’t want my kids to have to go.”
In the video, and the tweet suggested “a cavalier attitude toward this serious subject,” said Paul Knoepfler, a biologist from the University of California, Davis, who is criticised in the video-on-Demand.
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A university of Minnesota bioethicist Leigh Turner, said that the video illustrated the severe problems with a reality tv feel”, and “the exciting, superficial kind of way.”
“I’m going to try to understand what was going on in their minds,” he said of those who are responsible for the creation of the video. “It’s kind of funny, and cringe-inducing at the same time.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.