White House: ethics of human genome editing needs further review

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Posted: May 26, 2015 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday the ethical issues associated with gene-editing on the human genome need further study by the scientific community and should not be pursued until issues are resolved.

"The administration believes that altering the human germline for clinical purposes is a line that should not be crossed at this time," John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said in a statement on the White House web site.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)