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Scientists privately discuss project aimed to make synthetic human genome
Can you imagine future where babies are taking birth without needing biological parents? This is something scientists today are discussing secretly. They want to create synthetic human genome for which they would employ chemicals to make man-made version of all DNAs found in human chromosomes.
The issue inevitably brings concern in life sciences community because such a technique will introduce kinds of human beings that were never ever observed before. The project is yet an idea only. This would also make improvement in DNA synthesis.
The idea was proposed and discussed at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The meeting was attended by around 150 people, who were told not to contact the news media regarding the issue and also not to post anything on Twitter during the meeting.
According to organizers, the project would demand a huge investment as it is a big scientific project. The project also will be taken as follow-up to the original Human Genome Project, which was aimed at reading the sequence of the three billion chemical letters in the DNA blueprint of human life.
Though being the part of the earlier Human Genome Project, the proposed project will not involve reading instead writing the human genome which also means synthesizing all three billion units from chemicals. The project is likely to raise many ethical concerns among public.
“Would it be O.K., for example, to sequence and then synthesize Einstein’s genome? If so how many Einstein genomes should be made and installed in cells, and who would get to make them”, said Drew Endy, a bioengineer at Stanford, and Laurie Zoloth, a bioethicist at Northwestern University over concern surrounding project.