“There are some unique dimensions to this that put us in uncharted territory,” says Jennifer Kuzma, co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University. One of the issues is that gene drives are designed to spread. That makes it next to impossible to do confined field trials, as is traditional for genetically modified crops. “We don’t have opportunities to learn from limited tests, that take into account different cultural and geographic landscapes,” says Kuzma. “And I don’t think we’ve really grappled with these questions yet.”
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I can see that you are laser focused on that little ambiguous line at the end of the paragraph, while completely ignoring the much larger part of the paragraph which completely refutes your whole premise
Do you really feel that wiping out or modifying entire species is a low risk action, or were you just being flippant about that?
Quote:Do you really feel that wiping out or modifying entire species is a low risk action, or were you just being flippant about that?
You don’t actually read and comprehend much that I say. I said words to the effect of - IF we have understood the ramifications of doing so (and assuming they are acceptable) then yes, nuke Zika and mosquitos.
Once we get CRISPR working reliably (it currently isn’t) and we have understood the gene change thoroughly, I don’t see a problem with doing it. I don’t think The loss of a species per se is a big deal or an environmental disaster... (center section removed for brevity)...
But if we know enough to wipe out malaria and Zika and mosquitos - Nuke'em.
Regardless of whether you think the genetic system was an accident or by design makes no difference, intelligent input couldn’t hurt as long as we look at the implications.
An ethical train wreck
So how did this get past the ethics authorities at the institutions where He worked? It's not clear that it has. Tech Review indicated that the Shenzhen City Medical Ethics Expert Board was beginning an investigation, saying that the hospital that supposedly granted approval for the research did not do a full reporting of its approval process. And the university that employs He has suspended him without pay, saying his work "seriously violates ethical and academic standards and regulations."
Meanwhile, scientific and ethical communities have nearly universally come out against He's work. One hundred Chinese scientists quickly organized an open letter in which they say, "We can only use the word 'crazy' to describe the experiment conducted directly on human beings."