Bill Gates warns that nobody is paying attention to this state-of-the-art scientific technology, which could make inequality even worse
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- Bill Gates recently warned that a cutting-edge scientific technique called gene editing is "the most important public debate we haven't been having widely enough."
- Gene editing is being used as a one-time treatment for disease, but controversial work in babies has also been done in China.
- Many more people should be paying attention to gene editing and what it could do, Gates said.
Gene editing has already taken place in humans, including in the US as a one-time treatment for disease.But unlike preexisting efforts, the Chinese scientist's work would allow genetic changes to be passed down to next generations. It quickly sparked backlash, with many researchers describing the project as concerning and unethical. Gates' warning, released as part of the billionaire philanthropist's 2018 wrap-up, appears to have been prompted by that recent news.
"I agree with those who say this scientist went too far. But something good can come from his work if it encourages more people to learn and talk about gene editing," Gates said.favorite books of 2016.)
"This story is one to follow, because big breakthroughs - some good, some worrisome - are coming," Gates said.
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