“Doudna said she wasn’t cognizant of the ethical issues when she and collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier began exploring CRISPR.”
The Physicist Robert Oppenheimer had a good idea of the dark side of nuclear bombs when he said “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”, after a demonstration of a nuclear explosion.
Maybe Doudna will have the same take with CRISPR after it reaches critical mass in a few years.
“For the first time in human existence, it became practical to change genes throughout the entire human genome with high precision and accuracy. And today, a decade after the introduction of CRISPR, it’s newly apparent that such manipulations have been made to human embryos — a feat achieved by scientists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla and elsewhere.”