‘A Superhuman – Made in China’ A Controversial Chinese Gene-Editing Experiment
The headline sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. But one thing about sci-fi movies, there is always an ounce of reality or rather an entry point for a plausible possibility if further research and development are to be undertaken. Sure they are the works of an over imaginative producer, but then doesn’t all inventions come from an over imaginative inventor?
Sci-fi movies aside, there is a group of Chinese scientists who are becoming a little bit over imaginative themselves. The scientists are said to be currently tinkering the human embryos’ DNA using a controversial technique the genetics community refer to as ‘gene-editing’. This controversial move has attracted both concern and curiosity from a group of Hub researchers.
Without going ‘too-geeky’ on you, the Chinese scientists are said to be using a method known as the CRISPR-Cas9. Now, what this means is that the scientists are adding to taking away ‘genetic codes’ from the DNA. This act will enable them to modify any genetic defects in the ‘specimen’ potentially. This genetics technology has been …read more