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Genetic Engineering

In 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui used a gene-editing tool, CRISPR, on two babies trying to make them resistant to HIV. Many criticized him for not following ethical rules and for the uncertainty about the babies’ future health. There were also concerns about whether the parents fully understood the experiment. He Jiankui was later sentenced to three years in prison for illegal medical practices. His actions started a debate on the safety and ethics of gene editing.

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He Jiankui
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