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Hyer’s Highlights: The Backlash to Designer Babies

At a human genome conference in Hong Kong, a Chinese scientist claimed to have created the first ever genetically edited babies.

Hyer’s Highlights: The Backlash to Designer Babies

Benji Hyer

W!ZARD News Author

An obscure human genome conference taking place in Hong Kong suddenly made front page news after the whole world was up in arms about a Chinese scientist who sensationally claims to have created the first ever genetically edited babies.

The apparently healthy twin girls Lulu and Nana were born “a few weeks ago”. What makes them different is that they have been specially designed to be resistant to HIV using risky and unprecedented technology.


The scientist, He Jiankui, says he is “proud” of the achievement, however his experiments have not been peer reviewed so it is impossible for other scientists to verify his results, plus the reaction to Dr He’s announcement was almost unanimously negative. Professors and researchers branded this potential milestone in genetic technology a “really shocking episode” that risked creating “mutant babies”, adding that it “is totally unethical”, “monstrous” and “life-risking”.

On Benji Hyer’s Sunday radio show, listener Lewis said that “this sounds a bit like something from a Doctor Who episode” and it could be a “slippery slope”.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

Benji Hyer on the Backlash to Designer Babies

Benji Hyer responds to listener Lewis who believes that the reality of designer babies could be a slippery slope. (3 minutes)



Listen to the full discussion from Benji Hyer's radio show on the 'Hyer's Highlights' podcast, here

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