KIE Acting Director Daniel Sulmasy voices concern about human genetic editing claimed by Chinese scientist

KIE Acting Director Dr. Daniel Sulmasy voices concern about human genetic editing claimed by Chinese scientist. Reports say that a Chinese scientist claims to have performed genetic editing to create twins girls who are resistant to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  If this is the case, then it would be the first instance of humans undergoing genetic editing prior to birth.

“It’s crossed a line that I think all responsible scientists and ethicists have established with respect to gene editing and CRISPR,” Sulmasy said. “This is not to be done on human embryos that are going to be brought to term.”

The problem lies primarily in the unintended consequences of manipulating genes.

“We have no idea what changing that gene will do to the brain, the liver, and the immune system — and I think that is irresponsible,” said Sulmasy.

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