Who all wronged the first gene-edited babies?

Nov 27, 2018, 7:02 AM EST
He Jiankui, the presumptuous Chinese researcher who rattled the world a couple of days ago with the revelation of creating the first gene-edited babies.
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He Jiankui, the presumptuous Chinese researcher who rattled the world a couple of days ago with the revelation of creating the first gene-edited babies, has received brickbats from all quarters for a brazen breach of CRISPR bioethics and making two innocent lives the guinea pigs, potentially endangering them for entire lifespan.

The whole development has tarnished the image of Chinese life sciences, putting a question mark on the honest and sincere scholars in the field, notes MIT Technology Review.

The researcher, who clandestinely went about the business of altering genomes to make them resistant to HIV, certainly is the prime culprit of violating ethical and academic standards and regulations but not the only one to be blamed.

The legal framework governing the sciences of gene-editing is patchy, with regulations failing to keep pace with the technology and in the course, resulting in ethical, regulatory and safety loopholes, writes The Verge.

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