Cartoon: Tar hardens over gene editing technology

We have poured a jar of tar on gene editing,” said Fyodor Urnov, a regretful researcher of CRISPR-based genome editing at the University of California. The field of genome editing has been tainted by more extreme and controversial endeavors. Research in the area concerns itself with terminal conditions that can be erased during fetal development. However, gene editing is leading to hot debates over designer babies and eugenics. What started as a beneficial prediction of illnesses may set a precedent in normalizing the unethical, dangerous motivations of some people exposed to CRISPR. As gene editing continues to develop, restrictions must be placed on the technology to prevent this slippery slope of a science. (Phie Wei)