Bill Gates warns that nobody is paying attention to gene editing, a new technology that could make inequality even worse

Business Insider | 1/13/2019 | Emma Court
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Bill Gates recently described a cutting-edge scientific technique called gene editing as "the most important public debate we haven't been having widely enough."

Gene editing has been used in the US as a one-time treatment for disease, but a Chinese researcher recently said he helped create the first genetically edited babies.

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Many more people should be paying attention to gene editing and what it could do, Gates said.

Gene editing is one of the most promising new approaches to treating human diseases today.

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It also raises "enormous" ethical questions, Bill Gates recently warned, and "could make inequity worse, especially if it is available only for wealthy people."

"I am surprised that these issues haven't generated more attention from the general public," he said in a December blog post, adding that "this might be the most important public debate we haven't been having widely enough."

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Gene editing allows scientists to make powerful, precise changes to a person's DNA, typically to fix a...
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