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- He Jiankui’s Genetic Misadventure, Part 3: What Are the Major Ethical Issues?
Posted on January 10, 2019
In their single-minded venture of “producing” (shengchan, in their own word) the world’s first gene-edited babies, He Jiankui and his associates have posed numerous and daunting ethical challenges to China and the world. They can be mapped or identified through these four categories: typical problems related to research ethics; broader political, socio-cultural, and transcultural issues;… Read more
- He Jiankui’s Genetic Misadventure, Part 2: How Different Are Chinese and Western Bioethics?
Posted on December 13, 2018
When the world’s first research on editing the genes of human embryos by Chinese scientists was published in an international journal in 2015, a report in the New York Times characterised the key issue involved as “a scientific ethical divide between China and West.” Earlier this year, an article in the magazine Foreign Policy by… Read more
- He Jiankui’s Genetic Misadventure: Why Him? Why China?
Posted on December 5, 2018
The birth of gene-edited twin girls was announced by a young Chinese scientist He Jiankui through one of four self-made promotional videos in English on YouTube (a website officially banned in China) on November 25. Three days later, at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing held in Hong Kong, He revealed that another… Read more