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FDA says kits to edit human genes are illegal. But what does that mean?

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T. he Food and Drug Administration this week made an announcement that sounded quite definitive: It’s illegal to sell do-it-yourself kits to edit human genes.

“FDA is aware that gene therapy products intended for self-administration and ‘do it yourself’ kits to produce gene therapies for self-administration are being made available to the public,” according to an FDA website updated Tuesday.

“The sale of these products is against the law.” This is a STAT Plus article and you can unlock it by subscribing to STAT Plus today.

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11 thoughts on “FDA says kits to edit human genes are illegal. But what does that mean?

    Emily Pedersen

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Guess everyone will be doing gene editing in other countries and America will be left behind

    Pablo Tomas Borda

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Hahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahhahahah FDA !! They are afraid people finding cures to diseases or becoming smarter than they are ?

    Kevin Mandrews

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    It means the FDA will create a black market for gene editing and that innovation in this field will come at great risk and harm to many people as a result. Regulation is important but an outright ban is dangerously naive policy.

    Tara Beamer

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Why can’t I hack my own genetics?
    Are you scared?

    Jason Blain

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    But editing plants to be resistant to pesticides and herbicides is alright. It seems very hypocritical.

    Sebastian Schiuma

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    They can not stop the revolution!

    Christpher James Brownell

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Damn how are we supposed to make super humans

    Clint Cole

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    It means f**k them. That’s what it means

    Mark Hurlstone

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Illegal? Great… Now I want one!

    Lasha Zhvania

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Fuuck them

    Cezar Aanicai

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:23 pm)

    Ruxandra,

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