one of those headlines that make you go; Really? It read; Rogue Chinese
scientist made ‘foolish’ choice in gene-edited babies. Really? Who
would have thought attempting to play God might be a foolish choice?
The scientist, He Jiankui, caused an uproar in the international community last year when he admitted that he had altered the genes of twin girls, born last November, using a gene editing tool while they were still in the embryonic stage.
The associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China had the best intentions. He claimed that by editing the CCR5 gene, he could give the girls a lifelong immunity to HIV.
However, recent studies have shown that because of the alteration, the girls now have a significantly higher risk of premature death. Jiankui has acknowledged that he may have made a mistake. Really? Was the mistake that the experiment was a failure or did he realize that the little girls weren’t experiments, they were people?
When Satan tempted Adam and Eve, what he offered was that they could be like God. And that temptation is still being offered to people today. And it’s amazing that even people who don’t believe in God want to play God.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.