Montag, 26. November 2018

Shame on Science

In 2015 I wrote about Cas9 stuff:

http://qmviews.blogspot.com/2015/09/literature-004-jinek-et-al-elife-2013.html

In the last part, I mentioned very early experiements remotely related to humans. There were problems and most importantly, there was consensus among the scientific community that the technology should be handled with care and ethics in mind.

None of that did prevent what happend. The guy from Standford did it. How come he wanted to do it? Why did the system fail to deliver ethical values to this guy? Why was the desire to be recognized, famous and prominent so much stronger than the respect for the ethics? Dont give me the medical reasons. There're just not credible here.
In any case, we lost. The dam broke, the box is open. It feels hopeless. The only thing that's left is to feel sorry for these two kids. And for us.

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