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Gene Editing Rights & Wrongs

Last November the story broke that a Chinese scientist, Dr. He Jiankui, had genetically modified human embryos and then, going against international ethics standards prohibiting germline modification, implanted the embryos in their biological mothers.1 Twin girls were born last fall, and another pregnancy was underway. In late November, He Jiankui fielded questions on his research at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, the same summit that three years earlier had laid out the standards for genome editing that he violated.2

In anticipation of the response that news of his experiment would evoke, and at the behest of his public relations manager, Dr. He made YouTube videos...


has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #49, Summer 2019 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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