China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

China has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.

In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they had engineered embryos to modify the gene responsible for the fatal blood disorder thalassaemia.

The team, led by Junjiu Huang attempted to head off fears of eugenics by claiming the embyos were ‘non-viable’ and could never had become babies.

But critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research saying it was the first step towards designer children and called for a worldwide ban on the practice.

  • cmh

    In a country that regulates birth numbers because there’s too many people….

  • Waffle

    Required reading: Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” — in the original. NOT the Hollywood film version.

  • Jabberwokk

    Pfft They were perfecting cloning and growing ears on the back of mice. Like they care what the world thinks. Since when in there 4000 year history have they ever sincerely valued the life of an individual over the perceived value of the kingdom/Ideology.

    If there are going to be and scary genetic monster stories it will come from china. I’d bank on it.

  • Dana Garcia

    Guessing the government ideal would be strong and obedient ChiComs.

  • Clausewitz

    Huxley was right. Thank God I’m an Alpha. The Liberal party, the party of and for the Gammas.

  • canminuteman

    Eradicating genetic diseases sounds like a good idea to me. I wear glasses, my wife wears glasses, my kids wear glasses. If that could be fixed by gene splicing, why not do it?

    • Millie_Woods

      If we can do it, we will. There’s no such thing as a taboo technology.

  • Assuming China has actually done this, it is not in new territory. Human life has already been debased. How much lower could China go?

  • China wants to be tall

    China wants to be a nation of TALL people so this is how they go about doing that right now