MCI Welcomes Dr. Andrzej Kochański
MaterCare International is pleased to announce Dr. Andrzej Kochański presenting in our 2019 Rome Conference programme.
Dr. Kochański is Professor of genetics in Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, specializing in clinical and laboratory genetics, teacher of genetics at Warsaw Medical University and Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. He is also a member of the team of experts on bioethics of Polish episcopal conference.
His Rome Conference presentation is entitled "Human genome editing- therapy or eugenics 21st Century style?".
In recent years, we have experienced not only a rapid progress in molecular genetics diagnostics, but also new methodologies in the area of gene therapy have been introduced. Especially with CRISPR-Cas9 technology entered new possibilities toward gene therapy. With the CRISPR-Cas9 method, pathogenic mutations may be removed from the human genome. Given its potential in the biomedical research, CRISPR technology is premature to be introduced into routine therapy. Moreover, this method, if used in the correction of the germinal cells, requires to use in vitro fertilization techniques (IVF), which cause a marked risk of genetic disturbances. Additionally, gene modification may be not precise and may result in the creation of new deleterious off-target mutations. Finally, those new techniques may be used in baby design or in production of people with modified genome. To conclude, the therapeutic revolution in genetics may be used as a powerful tool of modern eugenics.