Chinese Scientist Claims First ‘Gene-Edited’ Babies

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Waddayou wanna do today, Chauncey? I dunno, Edgar; waddayou wanna do? Well, how’s about we rewrite the blueprint of life? Yeah, okay…

A Chinese scientist claims to have created the world’s first “gene-edited” babies, twin girls (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/ap-exclusive-first-gene-edited-babies-claimed-in-china/2018/11/25/bb9b74de-f124-11e8-99c2-cfca6fcf610c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7f879fa5c019).

It’s hard to check, because the kind of research he says he’s done is banned in the United States: “editing” human DNA can pass on “changes” to future generations and wind up causing unforeseen harm. There’s no independent confirmation of this guy’s work, and many details are missing from the report: like who the girls’ parents are, where they’re currently living, and little clues like that. So we are at liberty to disbelieve this claim.

The scientist said his purpose was to change human DNA to make his subjects more resistant to the HIV virus. Or maybe it was just to show all those other scientists who said he was mad.

I Corinthians 1 somehow springs to mind. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (Verse 19)

Just a little something to think of, when, three generations down the road, the new improved human DNA reacts to hay fever like it was polio and no one can find a cure.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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