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Author: Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ

Once again, news of the promise and peril of human genetic and genomic medicine is before the public, in particular, advances in genome editing. Considering the global attention genetic knowledge and possible treatments have received over the past hundred years or more, anyone today could reasonably ask, is the world finally ready to reap the benefits and avoid the harms of our rapidly advancing genome editing technology? Of course, one could also reasonably ask, how can we even know whether or not the world is ready?

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Originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly © The National Catholic Bioethics Center. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.

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