The startling story of the world’s first “gene-edited” babies

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This new series is published by Sultan H. Khane II with additional help from Albert J. Ramel. 

 

It was hailed as one of the “most shocking breakthroughs” mankind had ever seen.  But for one Chinese scientist — it led researchers around the world to have more questions than they did plausible answers.   We’re referencing the genetically modified birth of “Lulu and Nana” two Chinese babies that were modified essentially to be the ‘perfect babies”.

Except there was a problem.  That had never essentially been done before and many researchers quickly called foul.

So here’s what happened.

In 2018 — the first ‘gene edited’ babies were born. They were genetically engineered in China behind the backs of regulators and without much oversight.   While minimal information is available about the two babies, it appears that they are still very much living.

It has been reported at least in part that the two babies were edited using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (otherwise known as CRISPR).

The experiment was done using sperm and eggs from the couple (who has never been positively identified)  who then agreed to apparently take part in IVF.  From here —  He Jiankui edited the embryos and human genomes using the CRISPR process.

Editors note: A report published earlier this year has uncovered documents that reveal that the Chinese government appears to be testing the CRISPR process itself and may have paid for or funded at least part of this project. While controversial and certainly risky — it is one of the most intriguing scientific projects most have probably ever heard of.

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It automatically became the first time anything of such had ever occurred within mankind and to a human itself.  It is believed that as of this writing and since December 28th of last year that the researcher is being held in a government-surveillance apartment in Hong Kong.

We’re still investigating these two babies and will update this report with more when we find it. 

 


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