There is a growing drive, particularly in European circles, for the regulation — and perhaps prohibition — of germline engineering. This is becoming an increasingly heated area of discussion in the American health law community, with lines sharply drawn on both sides and litigation sure to follow.

Germline engineering is the attempt to transform the genetic code of living organisms–including humans–so as to change not only the particular individual organism, but its progeny as well, and it is viewed with fear by some critics.

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