A Legal Analysis of Human Gene Editing

  • Vanshika Batra
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  • Vanshika Batra

    Student at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India

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Technology surrounds us; from waking up in the morning to the end of the day, Technology has wrapped human beings in its massive arms and has inflicted the human race to surrender to its command. Its growth has manifested a world where almost everything is possible. A world that earlier existed merely in the mind of science fiction writers today is possible. Super soldiers and the stories of science fiction have more often than not been a topic of discussion in scientific circles, their viability and possibility have alluded the community, but its actualization through biotechnology is the ultimate win. Gene editing is that ultimate future, the Technology to mutate genes and engineer specific gene outcomes is the roadmap to a fictional future. Its history predicates its use in agriculture, but with new technology, which targets a single specific gene, the doors to an enormous new application have opened up. CRISPR can target specific gene outcomes, and it allows scientists to "cut" and "paste" genes into DNA. Imagine a world where engineering specific gene outcomes to benefit humans in their worldly acts is so close to playing the "god syndrome" that it is dangerous and can yield catastrophic outcomes. Furthermore, the invention of new technology asks various questions on who uses this technology, on what is it used? Is it monopolized in the hands of a few powerful? What are the legal ramifications and ethical arguments for the use of this technology? Is this the future of our world? Is it possible to use this technology on human beings in armed conflict? This paper will deal with the legal and regulatory outlook to using this Technology, ethical arguments, and its specific use for humans in armed conflicts, with limited scope of the science behind the technology.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 3, Page 981 - 994

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLSI.11844

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