He says the only way to tell if the children’s genomes have been edited is to independently test their DNA. Urnov takes issue with the decision to edit embryos in order to prevent HIV infection.
“Today’s report of genome editing human embryos for resistance to HIV is premature, dangerous and irresponsible,” says Joyce Harper, who studies women’s and reproductive health at the University College London.
Years of research is needed to show that meddling with the genome of an embryo is not going to cause harm, she says.
Legislation and public discussion are also needed before genome editing should be used in embryos destined for implantation.
A key goal of the summit is to reach an international consensus on how genome editing to modify eggs, sperm or embryos, known as germline editing, should proceed.
Bioethicist Tetsuya Ishii from Hokkaido University also does not think the application of genome editing in embryos to reduce HIV infection is justified.
Recent surveys suggest that the public supports genome editing in embryos if it fixes disease-causing mutations.
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