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Dec 03, 2013

Designer Sperm

Recent work has shown that transgenesis may be achieved via “designer sperm,” or modification of male germ cells. This new technology, if successful in humans, could lead to a new frontier in genetic medicine in which diseases and disorders are effectively cured, and new human attributes, such as organ regeneration, may be possible. (For more on this, click here.)

What is the most suitable use for genetic manipulation via designer sperm?

Protecting people from disease
 
  54.7%
Creating new human attributes/eliminating unwanted attributes
 
  19.7%
As a research tool only
 
  25.5%

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