WEB Notes: We have discussed this subject over the years. Modifying our very genes, I feel, is going a bit too far with our own knowledge. We know this technology is and will be advanced further to make it possible to have “designer babies” among other things. It is literally right out of the movie, Gattaca.
Humans will be genetically modified for the first time in Europe after regulators have given the go ahead to trial DNA-splicing therapy.
A destructive blood disorder known as beta thalassaemia, which reduces the production of haemoglobin, could be cured using this therapy.
Haemoglobin carries the oxygen the body needs to its cells and without sufficient amounts those with the disease can be left with bone deformities, anaemia, slow growth, fatigue and shortness of breath.