You probably know about CRISPR-Cas9. It’s the recently developed method for genetic engineering that’s brought costs down by 99%, and the time it takes to modify genes from years to weeks. For some people, it’s a thrilling gateway to a disease-free future, increased lifespans, and babies made to order…To others, it’s a terrifying development with the potential for unstoppable bio-weapons, a corrupted human genome, and babies made to order. The ethical issues of working out CRISPR’s bugs on humans has been an area of universal concern and caution, but now a group in China has announced that on October 28 they modified a living human’s genes for the first time anywhere using the method. And it’s about to be done in the U.S.
Immunologist Carl June, the scientific advisor for America’s upcoming trials, told Nature his feeling about China’s groundbreaking first step: “I think this is going to trigger ‘Sputnik 2.0’, a biomedical duel on progress between China and the United States, which is important since competition usually improves the end product…”
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