- British researchers last week given OK to use gene editing on human embryos
- Robert Klitzman: Tampering with nature undoubtedly has perils but also has big potential benefits
Robert Klitzman is a professor of psychiatry and director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. He is author of "The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Every week, I get unsolicited email ads from airlines, Nigerian widows -- and now biotech companies selling gene editing services. I usually just reflexively delete the biotech emails along with most of the others, giving them little thought. That was until last week, when British researchers made a momentous announcement: A British regulatory agency has given them permission to begin altering genes in human embryos.