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Secret meeting of 150 top scientists considers creating synthetic human genome within a decade as experts warn technology could lead to an ‘arms

imageEarlier this week, roughly 150 scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs met in secrecy to discuss the possibility of creating an entirely synthetic human genome. This means scientists would chemically recreate the genetic material that’s naturally passed from parents to children. While this could mean major advancements for biological science and public health, some experts have raised concerns over the ethics of the idea, and say something so significant should not be discussed behind closed doors.The invite-only meeting was held at Harvard Medical School in Boston on Tuesday, the New York Times reports, and attendees were told not to contact the media or tweet about it. Read Article