Der chinesische Menschenversuch

Samstag, 2.2.2019

Irgendwie finden sich nun immer mehr chinesische Arbeiten, die menschliche Embryos genverändert haben, allerdings ohne Implantation: HBB und G6PD sowie ein CCR5 Paper. Aber auch in den USA geht die Forschung unverändert weiter.

Dieter Egli, a developmental biologist at Columbia University, says he is conducting his experiments “for research purposes.” He wants to determine whether CRISPR can safely repair mutations in human embryos to prevent genetic diseases from being passed down for generations. So far, Egli has stopped any modified embryos from developing beyond one day so he can study them.

Und völlig abgedreht “The DIY designer baby project funded with Bitcoin

For a few years now, Bishop, a 29-year-old programmer and Bitcoin investor, has been leaving a trail of comments about human “enhancement” on the web. He’s a transhumanist, which means he thinks humans can be improved in profound ways by technology. He’d long exhorted others to do something about the human condition.
Now, he had decided to do it himself.
According to the e-mail, sent in May, Bishop and his partner in the enterprise, Max Berry, a former biotech company lab scientist, were “starting a company focused on the production of designer babies and human germline genetic engineering.” He noted that “lab work has started” and “we have an initial parent-couple customer.”

Nun ja, um Intelligenz zu beeinflussen, müsste man 1016 Gene editieren. Aber dass das übernächste Genbaby aus der Biohacker Szene kommt, ist nicht ganz von der Hand zu weisen – wenn man weiss was in der Hunde und Pferde Szene schon alles üblich ist. Ich glaube ich muss nun mal auch “transgenic sperm” mit auf die Suchliste nehmen.