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The genetic modification debate
Wed 16 March 2016, 19:30 – 21:30 GMT
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The motion reads:
'Permitting the genetic modification of human embryos is a mistake'
Last month, the UK became the first western country to sanction the genetic testing of human embryos for the purposes of medical research that could help find the cure for an array of incurable illnesses.
Approval comes with strict conditions. Scientists will only be able to experiment on the embryos for 14 days and will not be allowed to implant them into women seeking IVF treatment.
Nevertheless, concerns remain that advances in gene therapy will create pressure to lift the ban, ushering in an era of 'designer babies', tailored to the whims of expectant parents.
The questions we seek to answer in this debate are: does imposing a moratorium on the implantation of embryos remove the risks associated with genetic modification ; and if it doesn't, do the benefits of medical research exceed the harms?
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