A scientist claims that he helped create the world’s first genetically-modified humans during laboratory work in China. He said his goal was not to cure or prevent an inherited disease but to try to bestow a trait that few people naturally have – an ability to resist infection with HIV.
He Jiankui is a professor at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen. He claims that his lab had been editing embryos’ genetic codes for seven couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization, in a potentially ground-breaking and controversial medical first.
In a video posted to YouTube, the Chinese researcher said that one of the pregnancies had been successful. He then noted that the healthy twin girls Lulu and Nana had been born “a few weeks ago.”
“I feel a strong responsibility that it’s not just to make a first, but also make it an example.”
He added that “society will decide what to do next” regarding allowing or forbidding such science.
If this is the real deal, it would be a profound leap in science and ethics. This kind of gene editing is banned in most countries as the technology is still experimental and DNA changes can pass to future generations, potentially with unforeseen side-effects.
Julian Savulescu, a professor of practical ethics at the University of Oxford, said:
“If true, this experiment is monstrous. The embryos were healthy. No known diseases. Gene editing itself is experimental and is still associated with off-target mutations, capable of causing genetic problems early and later in life, including the development of cancer.”
Savulescu noted that the experiment would expose healthy children to risks of gene editing. He then said that this is purely illegal and is punishable by law.
There is no independent confirmation of Dr. He’s claim, and it has not been published in a journal, where other experts would vet it.
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Enormous Steer Named Knickers Is Heavier Than A Car And Almost As Tall As Michael Jordan
Holy cow! That’s a lot of burgers!
It looks like bigger isn't necessarily better. An enormous steer named Knickers was deemed too big for export. However, this meant that the gigantic cow has a second chance in life. In addition to that, he found fame for being almost as tall as legendary basketball star Michael Jordan.
Knickers belongs to Geoff Pearson of Myalup in Perth, Western Australia. The owner had initially planned to sell the 2,800-pound steer at an auction. Although the idea of a 6'4" tall steer might seem impressive, nobody bid on Knickers. Potential buyers wouldn't dare take on the enormous beast that is obviously too big for their farm equipment.
Knickers is heavier than most cars.
How A Gender Reveal Party Caused A Tragic 45,000-Acre Wildfire
It was supposed to be a simple party. It went totally wrong!
It’s a classic case of a suppossedly-harmless party gone wrong – and it eventually caused massive damage in Arizona. Upon investigation, it was also discovered that it was all caused by a man who works for the US government.
According to reports, Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey – who was off-duty at the time of the incident – accidentally started a wildfire during the gender-reveal party for his new baby.
What exactly happened, you ask? How did such a simple party turned into a tragedy? Keep reading as we share the details below....
Time Traveler From Year 3700 Brings Warning About Robot War Against Humans
“On September 20 in the year 3700, all robots over the planet earth started their attack.”
Have you ever wondered what will happen in the future? One guy has revealed that humans will be fighting a major war against robots. The 'time traveler' even brought back a souvenir from the battle: the remains of a robot he had to defeat.
The man, who goes by the name Mike, claims that he has been to the year 3700. In a strange interview, Mike shared some interesting details about what will happen to the future generation. Interestingly, he claims that humans will be facing off against robots in the next millennium.
Mike has an amazing story to tell about time travel.