Any discussion of Frankenstein in the context of genetic-editing quickly risks running into the realm of paranoia. Still, there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution at the vanguard of bio-tech today.

On November 26, news headlines around the world declared: “China gives birth to the world’s first genetically edited babies with AIDS immunity.”

He Jiankui, an associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology, had just revealed the remarkable birth of his creations. In a process only one step longer than IVF, he had used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to locate and modify the gene in question—CCR5.

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