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On another note: designer babies

You may have missed this story about the Chinese geneticist who has used CRISPR to design 2 HIV resistant twin girls.

Sounds great!

Wait.

It’s not as impressive as it sounds. Here’s the scoop from Derek Lowe:

The nerdly short summary:

In other words, there’s no telling how this is going to turn out for these two girls. They are human guinea pigs. The scientist who did this gives the rest of us a bad name. Think Simon Barsinister or The Brain. The experiment is badly constructed with unpredictable outcomes.

Not only that but it just adds fuel to the religious right to stop trying more critical designs on a smaller scale, not going all the way to viability.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

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  1. “Think Simon Barsinister or The Brain”

    Think Mengele. He’d have loved CRISPR.

    • IKR?? The dude messed with their immune system. The mind boggles. 😵

      • I really worry about the long-term consequences for the girls: autoimmune conditions, cancers, Cthulhu only knows.

        I see the Chinese government has cut off his funding, but I’m betting that’s only (temporarily) because of the international outcry. Modifying the populace has been the wet dream of totalitarians for generations: from the “Aryan superman” to the “New Soviet Man”. That’s why Stalin liked Lysenko so much. I doubt if our corporate masters are much different, for that matter.

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