Religious Americans less likely to support gene editing

Science may one day guarantee smarter kids. Here’s why many Americans think that’s a problem

Source: Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Strong religious commitments lead to less support for changing a baby’s DNA, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. But people of faith aren’t the only ones who have concerns about the emerging technology of gene editing.

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More than half of U.S. adults (54 percent) believe it’s “very likely” gene editing will be used in morally unacceptable ways, Pew reported. Fifty-eight percent say it’s very likely that inequality will increase with these technological advancements, since only wealthy parents may be able to afford treatments to alter a child’s genes before birth to eliminate disease or enhance physical or mental attributes.

“As people think about a future with possible widespread use of gene editing to change a baby’s genetic makeup, more anticipate negative than positive effects on society,” researchers noted.

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