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Scientific accountability

Science | China punishes a gene-editing researcher
by Julie Borg
Posted 1/02/20, 02:59 pm

A court in China on Monday sentenced a rogue scientist to three years in prison and fined him 3 million yuan ($430,000) for illegal human embryonic gene editing. Now that the scientist, He Jiankui, is paying the price for his misdeeds, the larger scientific community must be held accountable, as well, said Stanford University bioethicist William Hurlbut, who knows He personally.

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Year in Review: Unheeded warnings

Science | Some scientists tried to play God, while others discovered evidence of God’s design
by Julie Borg
Posted 12/26/19, 02:18 pm

Scientific discoveries in 2019 awed and sometimes alarmed us. At the end of last year, Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world with the announcement that he had used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to modify the DNA of human embryos who developed into twin girls. The scientific community continues to grapple with the implications of his rogue experiment, debating what limits regulators should place on developing reproductive technologies.

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Rogue researcher

Science | New information surfaces about gene-edited babies
by Julie Borg
Posted 12/19/19, 10:47 am

A little more than a year after Chinese scientist He Jiankui startled the world by announcing he had produced the first gene-edited human babies, new and incriminating evidence against him has come to light.

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