Please observe that the unique model of this publish on CRISPR infants Lulu and Nana was written in 2018. It might be learn under this replace. Also see the wiki on the “He Jiankui Affair“. Our interest in CRISPR gene editing is focused on its potential use to cure hair loss.
Update: February 1, 2023
Dr. He Jiankui is out of Prison
Dr. He Jiankui joined Twitter a few months ago after coming out of prison. He just gave an encouraging update on Lulu and Nana that I have embedded below. I hope this is not a fake account! So far, it sounds legitimate. Mr. Jiankui wants to resume experimenting in the lab. Also, whatever happened to Scott (see bottom half of this post)?
Lulu and Nana were not killed or sterilized, they are living happily with their parents now.
— Jiankui He (@Jiankui_He) January 22, 2023
November 26, 2018
Lulu and Nana
Huge news from China, where scientists claim to have used CRISPR/Cas9 to genetically modify human babies for the first time in history. The two female babies are named Lulu and Nana. Not sure what to think about the ethics of all this as yet, but I like what Dr. Jiankui He has to say about genes not defining you:
“Our DNA does not predetermine our purpose or what we could achieve. We flourish from our own hard work, nutrition, and support from society and our loved ones. Whatever our genes may be, we are equal in dignity and potential.”
In this explicit case, the volunteer fathers all have HIV they usually wish to ensure that their progeny don’t endure from the horrible illness of AIDS. One article on this tory is titled: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies. The scientists plan is to eradicate a gene known as CCR5, in order to make sure that the human offspring are then proof against HIV (in addition to smallpox and cholera).
Note that some media experiences are putting doubt on the accuracy of those claims and the methodology used.
Update: Dr. George Church appears to suppose that this is for real:
“I have been in contact with the Shenzhen team and have seen the data. The sequencing assays used are generally unambiguous, especially when done in multiple cell types at different developmental stages and in two children. Is the genie really out of the bottle? Yes.”
First Gene Edited Babies Claimed in China
The under video (and related story) from the He Lab’s YouTube channel has induced a lot world controversy.
November 24, 2018
Scott Tries a New Hair System
I used to be pondering of including Scott’s newest video about his new hair system to my authentic prolonged publish on his hair system. However, there are already three different movies on there, together with a earlier than one. So I’m including it under. I like this hair system higher than the primary one.