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kleinbl00  ·  951 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: He Jiankui, Chinese scientist who edited babies' genes, jailed for three years

    Especially in countries with more corruption, less regulation, questionable attitudes toward human rights.

LOL this is China, dawg.

The guy knew going in he'd probably do jail time. That was the cost of doing it. He'll go in, he'll spend just long enough for the Party to be assured of his loyalty, then he'll come out with little fanfare and keep on keepin' on, doing exactly what his bosses tell him to do, with a metaphorical and/or literal gun to his head, same as everyone on his staff.

It's like a dirty bomb - someone has to pop the world's cherry in regards to human gene editing because the first time is a shock and the second time is an inevitability. 90 years before Snowden, Harry Stimson shut down the Black Chamber because "gentlemen do not read each other's mail."

China wants a leg up everywhere there might someday be legs and they will stop at nothing to get it. Official Chinese philosophy has been "if we break the rules it's because they never applied to the world's greatest people in the first place" since Ching Shih or before. Five years from now you'll have grown as accustomed to Chinese CRISPR babies as you are to Chinese social credit. It'll just be this "thing" that happens over there.