The Halakhic and Moral Challenges of Gene Editing https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/01/the-halakhic-and-moral-challenges-of-gene-editing/

January 16, 2018 | J. David Bleich, Edward Burns, Neville Sanjana

In recent years, scientists have developed a technology known as CRISPR, which allows for the manipulation of an organism’s genetic code. Medical researchers have already experimented with using CRISPR to treat diseases, and it promises to yield many breakthroughs in the coming years. If applied to what are known as germ cells, this technology could also be used to halt the transmission of heritable diseases, create “designer babies,” or even engineer children of abnormal height, strength, and so forth. J. David Bleich, a rabbi and halakhic authority, Edwards Burns, the dean of Einstein Medical School, and Neville Sanjana, a cancer researcher, discuss the ethical implications of gene editing, touching on such questions as whether Judaism has a conception of natural law and if there is, indeed, anything immoral about playing God. (Audio, 75 minutes.)

Read more on YU Torah: http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/891012/rabbi-dr-j-david-bleich-dr-edward-burns-dr-neville-sanjana/playing-the-creator-with-crispr/