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Date: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 7:28 PM
Subject: Breaking news: Scientists propose germline editing moratorium
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Dear Subscriber,

I’m writing today because of breaking news that I think you’ll want to know
about. An international group of distinguished figures, including some of
the scientists credited with discovering CRISPR, has published a commentary
 in *Nature* <> calling for a global
moratorium on heritable genome editing.

Altering the genes of future children and generations is currently illegal
in more than 30 countries, including much of Europe. While a temporary
moratorium falls short of the outcome that CGS and many others believe is
needed, the *Nature* commentary is nonetheless an important and welcome
development – particularly in light of last November’s revelation about the
scientist who used CRISPR technology to alter the genomes of human embryos
that were subsequently brought to term as twin baby girls.

The stated intent of the proposed moratorium, and the effect we hope it
will achieve, is to encourage fair, meaningful, broadly inclusive, and
unrushed discussions of whether heritable genome editing should be
permitted (in countries where it is not already illegal). We are confident
that if scientific, social, and ethical concerns are fully aired and
honestly weighed, it will become clear that a global agreement to forgo
reproductive genome editing is the proper course.

The Center for Genetics and Society will continue working to ensure that
the full range of public voices and social concerns is heard in these

We invite you to read our press statement
<> about the *Nature*
commentary and our editorial response
<>. What do you think
about the proposal to hit “pause” on reproductive genome editing? What
would you like to see happen next? We want to hear from you
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We also invite you to support
<> the Center for Genetics
and Society’s work. We are the only public interest organization in the
United States bringing a social justice and human rights perspective to
bear on developments in human biotechnology.

Many thanks for your interest and concern,

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Marcy Darnovsky, Executive Director
Center for Genetics and Society

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