Human Genetic Research with Chinese Characteristics

April 14, 2016

(Yahoo! News) – Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University said they used a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR to artificially induce a mutation in human cells and make them resistant to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Their paper, which appeared last week in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, is only the world’s second published account of gene editing in human embryos. Critics said the study — intended as a proof-of-principle exercise — was unnecessary and lacked medical justification, and strongly cautioned against the broader ethical implications of the slippery slope of human genome modification.