World's First Genetically Modified Human Embryo Created, Chinese Scientists Claim In New Study

April 23, 2015 12:21 PM

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World's First Genetically Modified Human Embryo Created, Chinese Scientists Claim In New Study

The term “designer babies,” which refers to an offspring created through a genetically engineered embryo, has always had dystopian connotations, conjuring up images of children manufactured in “hatcheries” similar to those described in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Embroiled in ethical controversies, scientists have stayed away from actually attempting to genetically modify an embryo, although rapid progress in genetics has definitely brought this within the realm of possibility.

Now, a team of Chinese scientists have reported, in a paper published in the journal Protein and Cell, that they have conducted such experiments on embryos. Although the researchers, hailing from the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, tried to stave off criticism by using "non-viable" embryos that...

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