Synopses & Reviews
An urgent investigation that asks what the birth of two babies whose embryos had gone through genome editing means--for science and for us all.
In November 2018, the world was shocked to learn that two babies had been born with DNA edited while they were IVF embryos by a Chinese scientist, He Jiankui. This book, written by a leading authority on law and genetics, tells the fascinating story of this human experiment--how He went about it and how it was revealed. Henry Greely also discusses, in a measured and balanced way, the lessons to be drawn both from this particular experiment and, more broadly, from this kind of human DNA editing, "germline editing" that can pass on from one generation to the next.