Is China Already Making CRISPR Babies?

Chinese medical documents that went online this month indicate that an elite biologist has begun recruiting couples to create the first CRISPR babies. Clinical trial documents detail plans to transfer modified human embryos into women's uteruses and create genetically modified humans resistant to HIV, smallpox and cholera.
 
The study’s lead scientist He Jiankui claimed that the trial had resulted in the birth twin girls this month, according to the AP. It would be a remarkable—but controversial—achievement. Genetic editing of embryos also comes with major risks, like unwanted mutations, and has sparked criticism over a potential new era of “designer babies,” writes Antonio Regalado.
 
MIT Technology Review

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