Der chinesische Menschenversuch

Freitag, 8.2.2019

Etwas zynisch – Lovell-Badge freut sich über die gute PR (weiter siehe unten). In Stanford freut man sich eher weniger, wenn man nun eine Kommission am Hals hat, welche die eigene Beteiligung an dem Skandal untersucht. 

Offficials at Stanford University have opened an investigation into what several high-profile faculty members knew about a Chinese effort to create gene-edited babies led by a onetime researcher at the California school, He Jiankui.

Es wird nicht viel passieren, Stanford wird sich nicht selbst beschädigen wollen. Aber die Chinesen könnte den Amerikanern die Schuld zuschieben versuchen, das ist nicht von der Hand zu weisen.

University-led investigations are typically private, toothless affairs with few consequences for important faculty, especially those who pull in millions in grants. The question of research involving human subjects is a critical one, however, in part because serious violations can endanger a university’s federal research grants…

To some, the focus on foreigners suggests that China might try to spread the blame for the incident away from He and China’s weak oversight system. Chinese investigators could eventually disclose details about the involvement of US scientists, perhaps showing it was more extensive than currently understood.

Another view, also expressed by several scientists, is that He is unfairly being isolated and demonized while in fact a number of US scientists advised him or provided encouragement for his undertaking. These people worry He could be severely punished in China’s swift and opaque judicial system. If so, they say, his confidants now have a duty to speak up and disclose their role, despite risks to their own careers.

Es dämmert den Amerikanern mittlerweile auch, dass mit dem 1000 Talente Programm viel “intellectual property” abgeflossen ist, so STAT

NIH asks inspector general to investigate 12 allegations of foreign influence in U.S. research

oder noch massiver

NIH report scrutinizes role of China in theft of U.S. scientific research