Is Gene Editing Ethical?

In 2018, China arrested a scientist who claimed to have engineered genetically modified twin baby girls. đŸ”ŹđŸ‘¶ He reportedly said he'd prevented the babies from contracting HIV from the father — but the development is stirring a great deal of controversy.

Is Gene Editing Ethical?

Genetically modified babies have reportedly been born in China. He Jiankui, the scientist behind the experiment, made the announcement but is now under house arrest because of his actions. The world has moved on to the stage for embryo gene editing. There will be someone, somewhere, who is doing this. If it’s not him, it probably will be someone else. He claims to have modified the DNA of in vitro fertilized embryos, creating twins. This science genetic modification was reportedly performed using a revolutionary tool, CRISPR or “genetic scissors.” They can be used to replace any gene easily and at a low cost, regardless of the organism.

Gene editing may have unintended consequences, so this is uncharted water and it has to be taken seriously. The issue of gene editing is serious because it has ethical, social and safety issues in it and it cannot be just done without clear guidelines, standards that cover all the ethical, social and safety issues. However, it is a point in history, because these two babies would appear to be the first genome-edited babies as it is a momentous point in history. Defending his actions, said he wanted to protect the twin girls from contracting HIV. Their father has been diagnosed with the virus. This argument has been criticized since alternative medical methods for preventing HIV infection in children already exist. Some scientists have alluded to another reason for He Jiankui’s actions.

A recent study by Chine Nouvelle suggests that modifying this gene could also increase a baby’s cerebral capacities. If so, these babies would be the very first genetically “augmented humans.” An investigation by the Guangdong provincial government confirmed the births of the twin girls. The Chinese authorities have decided to prosecute He for conducting illegal research. As he awaits sentencing, the scientist is under house arrest.

It’s difficult to know whether genetic modification really took place but it’s now technically possible. This is why most of the scientific community is sounding an alarm. There are lots of scientists already standing up, they’re already expressing their objections to this research. That’s the good thing. And then, it is the public should be more aware and will care about research related to the health human beings.


05/28/2019 6:00 PM


  • Kirsten M.
    08/25/2019 12:04

    Elsker Gene Pittney, mere sentimentalt bliver det ikke!

  • Bunty P.
    06/11/2019 22:30

    They could have arrested Thomas Edison too for his invention if he were alive today. China is such a sabotaging society.

  • Barbara A.
    06/11/2019 19:47

    I hope he doesn’t live to feel like Oppenheimer “ I am come the destroyer of worlds”. He didn’t mean any harm by his work either.

  • SV P.
    06/07/2019 18:42

    Antichrist is born I guess, that why China has destroyed many churches 😭

  • Banya R.
    06/06/2019 12:48

    bro esob Ki hochhe

  • Banerjee P.
    06/05/2019 19:58

    This is serious change. Although the change is appreciable but it is a very dangerous trend going forward. We should all act with a sense of social economics and medical ethics for this to be accepted into the real world

  • Betsy K.
    06/05/2019 16:19

    His contribution is applause worthy. There are many who have genetically passed diseases, who can be benefited from this. It being used in a bad or good way depends on the person using the method. As he said, if he doesn't, someone else will do it.

  • Sangeeta M.
    06/05/2019 01:58

    Inevitable! But we must face consequences.

  • Supti D.
    06/04/2019 22:33

    Sharmily Chakraborty

  • Shikha P.
    06/04/2019 09:41

    What if this kind of research helps in preventing genetic diseases/illness?? We already eat genetically modified foodgrains.... I don't know how good or bad this can be but such kind of research certainly needs to be discussed......

  • Somya K.
    06/04/2019 03:32

    what about when a couple really needs medical assistance??? can this not be used to conceive in cases of genetic imbalances.. The authorities just want to control his independent work.. Is this development much worse than jargon shouting for building religious institutions?? At least he is contributing to humanity. Whether good or bad depends on who uses it for what purpose.. But banning and arresting someone is just like the olden times.!

  • Shreen S.
    06/03/2019 22:50

    I don’t know why people are saying not to mess up with nature or god..My friends if people like these would not have exists who goes beyond imagination and stand out from our others then this technology would not have been there through which you all are commenting on the video.... We should support these kind of intelligent humans who goes beyond limit, chances are that they would give world new inventions.

  • Areez U.
    06/03/2019 22:21


  • Vivek K.
    06/03/2019 18:49

    He knew the consequences and i would have done the same.

  • Jitesh G.
    06/03/2019 16:06

    As he rightly said, is he won't someone else will work on it. Since it's an independent reserch; WHO want to control it at their ends . . . If successful this research will give hope to many individuals who can not or do not conceive due to genetic imbalance . . .

  • NT W.
    06/03/2019 10:06

    For me it's a great one taking human evolution and sciences research to next steps just it shouldn't be used for illegal purposes.

  • NT W.
    06/03/2019 09:54

    dekona 😼😼

  • Priyanka C.
    06/03/2019 08:25

    orphan black

  • Urvi M.
    06/03/2019 08:08

    when your smartness is dangerous

  • Kaye G.
    06/03/2019 06:58

    CRISPR 😼

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