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  • Christians more likely to oppose gene editing, Pew finds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 11, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians are more likely than others to oppose embryonic gene editing to reduce the risk of disease in their babies, according to a Pew Research Center study conducted a year before the latest breakthrough in genetic engineering.

    Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) Pew described as "highly religious" would not want gene therapy for their babies, Pew found in the study conducted in March, 2016. Conversely, only 36 percent of those considered least religious would reject such therapy for their offspring, Pew said. Three-quarters of atheists and 67 percent of agnostics would accept the therapy. Read More