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(The Express) The news is likely to spark global outcry, as people question the moral and ethical questions concerning the bombshell experiment.

A team at the Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, has been recruiting couples in an effort to create the first gene-edited babies.

The team planned to eliminate a gene called CCR5 to make the offspring resistant to HIV, smallpox and cholera.

They have been using a powerful gene editing tool, CRISPR, to create “genetically modified” human babies.

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The Chinese scientist behind the endeavour, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, said he hoped to produce one of the biggest “stand-out” breakthroughs in the field by achieving his team's goal.


He wrote in an ethics statement last year: “In this ever more competitive global pursuit of applications for gene editing, we hope to be a stand-out.”


The explosive scientific breakthrough, if verified, would be an exceptional medical achievement for both the Mr He and China.


It would represent the first genetically engineered humans in the history of science.

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However, experiments of this kind are also likely to prove controversial, with some claiming it could lead to a “slippery slope” to so-called “designer babies” and advanced eugenics.

The Chinese scientist, Mr He, said he felt a “strong responsibility” not just to make “a first” but also to make “an example”.


There has been no official confirmation from independent sources of the scientist’s claim.


The findings have not been published in any medical or scientific journal where they would be peer-reviewed by other experts.

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Mr He’s findings are set to be unveiled at a Hong Kong conference on gene editing on Tuesday.


The event, The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, organised by the Royal Society, takes place on November 27-29.


The purpose of the international summit is to help determine whether humans should begin to genetically modify themselves and if so how.


Mr He’s alleged breakthrough may have preempted the meeting's impetus, with the elite biologist recruited back to China from the US as part of its “Thousand Talents Plan”.


In a pre-recorded message ahead of the event, David Baltimore, a biologist and chair of the international summit's proceedings, said: “We have never done anything that will change the genes of the human race, and we have never done anything that will have effects that will go on through the generations.”

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Post time 2018-11-27 01:17:26 |Display all floors
It would represent the first genetically engineered humans in the history of science.


Old Adolf tried this, didn't he? He Jiankui marching to the beat of the Aryan drum.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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In principle, personally I don't consider editing human DNA a nasty evil, if it could be done "right".

Humanity is past the point, where forces of nature and natural selection dictate which natural mutations survive and which not. Partially I feel that we could cover that area ourselves.

However there is still so much that we don't know about human body, that it is foolhardy to think that we know the overall effects of changing even a little bit in the DNA.

For example it was only recently discovered that in some cases mitochondrial DNA can also be inherited from father - previously this was thought to only come from mother.

The only moral consideration to me comes where to draw a line between medically justified editing (for example to get rid of diseases) or designer editing (for example to change hair color), and how to enforce that line - locally and globally.

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Post time 2018-11-27 11:01:45 |Display all floors
cmknight Post time: 2018-11-27 01:17
Old Adolf tried this, didn't he? He Jiankui marching to the beat of the Aryan drum.

Hmm,
Is it moral to give birth to HIV babies?

  The rsearch will open the doors to many incurable diseases, I see the future not the past...

   Then again, is it moral to hurt big pharma...
From 2002 to 2016 the six leading HIV drug pharmaceutical companies made 200 billion in HIV drug sales.
Profits increased from less than  5 billion USD in 2002 to almost 25 billion in 2016.

  US giant Pfizer, the world's largest drug company by pharmaceutical revenue, made an eye-watering 42% profit margin in 2013.
   Pharmaceutical companies have developed the vast majority of medicines known to humankind, but they have profited handsomely from doing so, and not always by legitimate means.
  Imagine an industry that generates higher profit margins than any other and is no stranger to multi-billion dollar fines for malpractice.

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