I was focused on a news few weeks ago, it did catch my eyes. He Jiankui, a biological researcher in Shenzhen, Guangzhou province, announced on Monday that he has helped to create the world’s first genetically edited babies. Lulu and Nana, was the first twins who has successfully genetic editing to prevent contracting NIV. I saw a article on Straits times, it probably said : “The researcher who shocked the world with claims that he was the first to genetically modify human embryos drew early support from Chinese government initiatives designed to build up the country’s nascent biotechnology industry.”(“Scientist who claims he created genetically edited babies drew backing from China biotech push” , Straitstime , Dec.28.)I also notice that this project use lots of money: “Participants in the program with advanced skills receive the equivalent of about US$143,000 (S$197,000), with the possibility of additional research grants of roughly US$700,000, according to its website. ” ( “The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far”, article on Edition, Dec.1.)according to the articles, I thought that if this experiment have succeed, the technology in China may developed. and China will gain the respect of the other countries, and also give china a head start. On individual’s perspective, the Chinese may benefit by the experiment because the scientist can help them to change their DNA to prevent the disease.
Of course the experiment have positive influence of individual or the whole China, but on the other hand, I think it’s not a good thing for scientists genetic editing the babies. However, this claim has stirred heated discussions on the internet, Forum readers share their opinions. Not only the readers internet were discussed this issue, but also the professional researchers. A article on China Daily I had notice is called :”Should genetic-editing be performed on human embryos?” also in this article, I found out that the researcher Cecilia Zhang (China) mainly described the opinion: “I think I can understand gene-editing technique is used to prevent genetic disease, but shouldn’t we figure out what will be the long-term effects on the two girls before the experiment is carried out? What will their potential offspring inherit?” that’s all the Chinese are worried about. Soon a topic on the internet quickly became the main point of the discussion: Is the technology that people developed of genetical editing babies ethical? In my opinion, it’s unethical to genetically modify humans’ babies. Because first, there’s high risk of mistake which might kill the embryo, and that may destroy a baby’s life or the parents may be sad . Secondly, it is not certain if the modified gene would have other desired functions. In another word, if the scientists change the gene that may have different use of the embryo, it will never work to prevent the other disease or doing the function that it have to do. Thirdly, the genetically modified human would have defects, now the scientists cannot identify the threats of the embryo when it grows up, they can’t make sure there aren’t be any mistake or defects of the embryo few years later. Fourthly, life is precious and unique, it should not be manually changed. Imagine, if your genes were changed when you were born, you would be paste on a sign “genetic modified human”. You may be derision by some people, and also you maybe wouldn’t get in the groups of average person. And this consequences is terrible.According to these four reasons, I really think continue improve genetic editing babies were unethical.
“The scientist, the twins and the experiment that geneticists say went too far”. Article on Edition, Dec.1, 2018.
“Scientist who claims he created genetically edited babies drew backing from China biotech push”. Article on Straitstimes, Nov.28, 2018.
” Should gene-editing be performed on human embryos?“China Daily,Dec.7, 2018.