New Scientist : New Humanity

New Scientist : New Humanity

“Gene editing is so easy to do that we couldn’t stop it if we wanted to”

“Last week, He Jiankui announced he had created the first gene-edited babies by using CRISPR to alter a gene in human embryos (see “The gene editing revelation that shocked the world”). This was shocking given most scientists believe making genetic changes that could be passed on to future generations is a line we aren’t ready to cross.

Now that we have crossed this line so casually, it is clear that careful regulation of such technologies is required. But perhaps the greatest danger is that editing genes using CRISPR is so easy. Too much regulation may risk pushing experiments like He’s underground.

He’s work is yet to be independently verified, but even if his report of gene-edited twins turns out not to be true, a second case of gene-edited babies probably isn’t far behind.

This article appeared in print under the headline “Rewriting our future”” [Gene editing is so easy to do that we couldn’t stop it if we wanted to | New Scientist]

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The rest of humankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands or give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. Revelation 9:20

“It is appalling that the edited human babies were generated without the full engagement of independent scientific and ethics experts, relevant regulatory institutions and governing bodies. He’s naivety about multiple scientific, medical and ethical issues was very alarming to hear in person.” [The gene editing revelation that shocked the world | New Scientist]

While there has yet been an invention that wasn’t used for war, killing or control the real question, the one central to your soul is, what are the idols in your life, the work of your hands, that you have created for fulfillment?

Only those who hate, yes, hate their lives for Jesus are filled with the pleasures of heaven. In short, your idol of self-has to be taken down. The idols of Cultural Christianity, cars, money, sports – you name it – all that you find self-fulfilling must be joyfully surrendered to the loving Living God.

The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12:25-26

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““I FEEL proud, actually.” So He Jiankui told his peers as he stood up to defend gene editing twins before birth at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong on 28 November.

Two days earlier, He’s experiment – the world’s first reported births following genetic modification of human embryos – had been revealed by the Associated Press news agency. Working in China, He says he has been using the CRISPR gene-editing technique (see “What is CRISPR?”) on human embryos to create people who are resistant to HIV. So far, this has resulted in two babies: twin girls, born in November.

The experiment flies in the face of widespread agreement among geneticists that it is too soon to be attempting trials like this. There have been more than 60 meetings and reports on gene editing humans in the past three years. Most have concluded it would be irresponsible to proceed with any clinical use of embryo editing until safety issues – which can include unwanted changes to DNA – have been resolved.” [The gene editing revelation that shocked the world | New Scientist]