Dr. Jamie Grifo, director of reproductive endocrinology at New York University Medical Center in New York City, who has done similar experiments in mice, agreed that ethical issues will continue to plague this work.
"This kind of work is going to cause people to be nervous and regulators to be really nervous," Grifo said, while defending the research. "Show me the harm," he said. "If you can make healthy babies, what is the harm?"
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