Human embryo DNA editing OK, says study

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Is it ethical to alter the DNA of human embryos? News Review from BBC Learning English looks at the vocabulary that’s making the headlines in this story

Quiz: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-1/session-47

A British study has said that experts should be given permission to experiment and alter the DNA of human embryos to influence the characteristics of future generations.
The review said heritable genome editing could be used to wipe out genetic diseases in some families.
The recommendations as they stand would require a change in British law.

Key words and phrases:

permissible
allowed
•It is permissible to work from home for up to two days a week.
•Cycling on the pavement is permissible in pedestrian zones.

bar
prohibition or block
•The US bar on the sale of alcohol, known as Prohibition, lasted from 1920 to 1933.
•Anyone found taking drugs on these premises will be permanently barred.

traits
characteristics
•Your red hair, green eyes and freckles are all traits that come from your mother.
•Optimism is a good character trait to have.

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