Genetically Modified Humans?

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December 6, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Image credit: McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT/YouTube

It?s always exciting to be the first person to do something interesting. Just take a look at all the crazy stunts people attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Most Big Macs consumed in a lifetime?really?

Significant firsts are often celebrated, but this definitely did not occur last week when Chinese scientist He Jiankui claimed to have made the world?s first genome edited babies–twin girls named Lulu and Nana–who were born this month.

(Update: Researchers have since shown He missed his target, accidentally making the genes of one twin stronger than another and possibly leaving one still vulnerable to HIV. It’s also possible He caused permanent, damaging mutations to the DNA of both twins.)

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