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[Editorial] Genome editing: proceed with caution

Philosophically interrogating peoples’ motives and aims in matters of procreation leads to controversy and emotionally charged debates. Introducing ideas about genome editing and its implications broadens discussions about human reproduction from fertility clinics and prospective parents to organisations and governments worldwide. 40 years after the first baby was born by in-vitro fertilisation, the game changing technique of CRISPR-Cas9, which enables precise alterations of DNA sequences in living cells, has once again sparked heated argument about the use of interventions selecting for traits and against diseases of human beings.