8. The manuscript misrepresents when the babies were born. By now, several media reports and people familiar with the research have established that the twins were born in October, not November.
Where are the CRISPR babies?
It has been nearly 2 years since He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher and ex-professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, created the first germline edited babies.
What are CRISPR babies?
More than a year ago, the world was shocked by Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui’s attempt to use CRISPR technology to modify human embryos and make them resistant to HIV, which led to the birth of twins Lulu and Nana.
What are the bad things about CRISPR?
The biggest concern associated with CRISPR is that it could have unintended consequences, inadvertently cutting out large sections of DNA away from the target site and endangering human health. In fact, several recent studies have shown that using CRISPR to edit the human genome could potentially cause cancer.
Why is gene editing unethical?
Germline genome editing leads to serial bioethical issues, such as the occurrence of undesirable changes in the genome, from whom and how informed consent is obtained, and the breeding of the human species (eugenics).
How much does CRISPR cost?
|ES gene targeting (est; package rate)||$16,000|
|Targeting/Transgenic vector construction||$700-6000|
|Electroporation, drug selection||$1,100|
Can CRISPR cure Covid 19?
An effective lipitoid delivery, coupled with CRISPR targeting, could enable a very powerful strategy for fighting viral disease not only against COVID-19 but possibly against newly viral strains with pandemic potential, commented Michael Connolly, leader of the Molecular Foundry group .