Chinese scientist claims to have created the world's first genetically edited BABIES - twin girls altered to resist HIV infection
The DNA of twin girls was altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life, Chinese researcher Dr He Jiankui says.
He claims the babies, named LuLu and Nana, were born a few weeks ago and have a resistance to infection with HIV, the AIDS virus.
A US scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States due to risks that altered DNA will warp other genes.
These potentially dangerous changes may then be passed down to future generations.
Gene editing is banned in Britain, the US many other parts of the world, and researchers said that, if Dr He's claims are true, the 'monstrous' experiment was 'not morally or ethically defensible.'
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Volle_, Parts unknown, Finland, 22 hours ago
There will always be those who are willing to take the risk to ensure healthier, stronger and smarter offspring. If not through gene therapy, cybernetics will take that role. However, this should be researched properly for side effects before approving actual use on humans.
My Name Is Bob, New York, United States, 22 hours ago
I don't know about this. On one hand, modifying humans to be diseases resistant is intriguing but the potential for abuse is definitely there. Controversies often follow progress. I remember when they first cloned Dolly the sheep. People were up in arms over scientists playing God. Fast forward to today and South Korea clones dogs all the time. Where do you draw the line between scientific progress and ethics?
expat welshman, Richmond, Canada, 22 hours ago
Science and common sense should never be diametrically opposed.
Hannover Fiste, Wichita, United States, 23 hours ago
We won't eat a GMO, but we will have one.
beckers, Homestead, United States, 23 hours ago
How do they plan on testing the immunity?
supermax, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom, 23 hours ago
Dangerous to play god
Floridian, USA, United States, 23 hours ago
Speaking of God, you can certainly tell the countries that don't believe in one.
bodcb, Caper, Canada, 24 hours ago
Just because you can do something does not mean you should do it.......................
Daeyna Dan, Singapore, Singapore, 1 day ago
You don't play God. Period.
GodIsADeeJay81, Newbury, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
And this is where the demise of the human race will start! Humans playing God, messing about with nature is a huge red flag, what next... genetically modified soldiers that don't die.. this is a disaster waiting to happen
benbateman101, london, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
I want a designer baby would be awesome we should all be doing this .
Percival Plugsey, Bash St, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
I suspect future generations will consider this sort of thing to be normal
Vio Shie, Nanjing, China, 1 day ago
The only thing that is breakthrough is it's broken moral records.
TupeloHoney, Down South, United States, 1 day ago
HIV in China is almost non-existent, so why do this?
plants vs zombies, dubai, UAE, 1 day ago
Such an advanced nation - I think they have been cloning themselves since the beginning of time.
Badger100, Debary, United States, 1 day ago
What could possibly go wrong. There seems to me to be some serious problems with ethics going on here.
beholdicomeinpeace, LA, United States, 1 day ago
Altering the genes won't prevent pain and suffering in life. Sure, they won't get aids but the half pains of life will come. Everyone always had the same opportunities for happiness, and always had equal rights. People consume the neurotoxins and drive each other insane. Money doesn't buy happiness, and neither does altered genes.
Thetruthp1ease, Nunya, United States, 1 day ago
Hopefully, God/ Mother Nature, will put the smackdown on the work of these mad scientists. Nature has a way of correcting itself....Hopefully sooner than later. Humanity playing with the proverbial fire is not a good thing....
Laura5177, London, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Wow , scary stuff , man makes science , science kills man.
Wisdom812, Mercersburg, United States, 1 day ago
Amazing, but scary.
brian, Hull, 1 day ago
Commit a murder and have your dna altered.
Led Zeppelin , Yonder, United States, 1 day ago
Don't mess with the original recipe!
Yoshimura Maroko, Los Angeles, United States, 1 day ago
China has been in a golden age of b s claims for over thirty years, now. I¿ll wait to hear more on this. Whatever happened to their successful head transplant patient?
Margaret Pat murphy, Kinsale, Ireland, 1 day ago
Top much stupidity and disease on this planet. What's wrong with curing both.
Disenchanted, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Those poor twins will probably suffer in other ways due to this meddling...don't mess with mother nature!
LaLa, LaLaLand, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Dont mess with nature