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Genetic editing and the matter of the human condition

The birth of the world’s first genetically edited twin babies, Lulu and Nana, in China—claimed by scientist, He Jiankui, during an address at the Second Summit on Human Genome Editing held in Hong Kong in November—continues to stir debate amid profound ethical and spiritual implications (Sunday Examiner, December 9).

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Alarm sounded against editing people via genetic manipulation

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the controversy surrounding He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, who claimed he switched off an HIV-related gene in twins born this November, by modifying their embryos to prevent them from contracting the disease, Father Stephen Joseph Tham, a professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome, said that the life of an embryo should be respected and warned against the pursuit of high genetic quality.

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