One in ten Brits would use gene editing to make their child more attractive

It’s one of the most ethically challenging subjects in the science world – should we be allowed to edit the genes of our offspring to create ‘designer babies’?

Now, a survey has revealed that a surprising number of Brits would be happy to use gene editing on their children – even if it was simply to change their appearance or intelligence.

The survey, by YouGov , asked 4,958 British adults about their views on gene editing.

The results revealed that 76% of respondents think gene editing to reduce the risk of disease should be allowed.

And surprisingly, 12% said they’d be in favour of allowing gene editing for intelligence, and 8% for appearance.

Men were significantly morel likely to support the process in both instances, with 17% thinking it should be allowed for intelligence (compared to 7% of women), and 11% to alter appearance (compared to 5% of women).

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However, it seems that those who favour gene editing for appearance have different options on what features should be changed.

Around half agreed that we should be allowed to edit out baldness, build and height.

But only a third said that we should be allowed to edit skin colour.

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