The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon
This is a first for America:
Until now, American scientists have watched with a combination of awe, envy, and some alarm as scientists elsewhere were first to explore the controversial practice. To date, three previous reports of editing human embryos were all published by scientists in China.
In altering the DNA code of human embryos, the objective of scientists is to show that they can eradicate or correct genes that cause inherited disease, like the blood condition beta-thalassemia. The process is termed “germline engineering” because any genetically modified child would then pass the changes on to subsequent generations via their own germ cells—the egg and sperm.
I think it’s just a matter of time before modified human embryos get implanted into a womb – which will then lead to a human race free of many inherited diseases.