Scientist Sent To Prison For Gene-Editing Babies Working in a Lab Again
unethical: acting in a way that is not morally right, often in professional or work situations
In 2018, a scientist named He Jiankui shocked the world. He created the first gene-edited babies. He used a tool called CRISPR-Cas9 to change the genes of twin girls when they were still embryos. A third child was born a year later. Jiankui was sent to prison for three years in China for his unethical medical practice.
His goal was to make the babies resistant to HIV. He said the experiment was successful, but others are not sure if it worked. The babies might have some resistance to HIV, or they might not.
Jiankui says the three children are doing well and living normal lives. He wants to respect their privacy and make sure they are happy.
Jiankui is now out of prison and working in a new laboratory, trying to find ways to treat genetic diseases. His work has raised many questions about the ethics of gene editing.
1. It is unethical to cheat on an exam.
2. Some people believe it is unethical to test cosmetics on animals.
3. Sharing someone’s private information without their permission is unethical.