Publication Date

Spring 5-2023


School of Health Sciences


Biology: Pre-Med


ethical dilemmas, epigenetic editing, epigenetic editing in utero, Christian, Christian ethical dilemmas, problems with epigenetic editing


Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Maternal and Child Health | Medical Genetics | Medicine and Health Sciences | Patient Safety | Reproductive and Urinary Physiology


The development of CRISPR epigenetic editing technology was initially impactful due to its potential for disease treatment. However, despite the potential benefits of epigenetic technology, there exist ethical dilemmas surrounding its use in utero. The review of the ethical dilemmas of epigenetic editing in utero from a Christian perspective showed that research in epigenetic editing is promising, yet fraught with peril. The basic ethical issues of epigenetic editing in utero stem from its inaccuracy, lack of research concerning its effects on offspring, an incomplete understanding of gene interactions, and its connection to eugenics. The ethical concerns particularly relevant to Christians are its use of aborted embryos, basis in human judgment, conflict with imago Dei, and possibility for religious hardships.