Tampering Thursday


The gene editing performed on Chinese twins to immunise them against HIV may have failed and created unintended mutations, scientists have said after the original research was made public for the first time.

Excerpts from the manuscript were released by the MIT Technology Review to show how Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the twins Lula and Nana, whose birth in late 2018 sent shockwaves through the scientific world.

He made expansive claims of a medical breakthrough that could “control the HIV epidemic”, but it was not clear whether it had even been successful in its intended purpose – immunising the babies against the virus – because the team did not in fact reproduce the gene mutation that confers this resistance.

A small percentage of people are born with immunity because of a mutation in a gene called CCR5 and it was this gene that He had claimed to have targeted using a powerful editing tool known as Crispr which has revolutionised the field since 2012.

Fyodor Urnov, a genome-editing scientist at the University of California, Berkeley told the MIT Technology Review: “The claim they have reproduced the prevalent CCR5 variant is a blatant misrepresentation of the actual data and can only be described by one term: a deliberate falsehood.

Natalie Kofler @ THE GUARDIAN

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20 Responses to Tampering Thursday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    “Brave New World”


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Even if impeached and convicted, The Donald can still run again in 2020. 😦


  3. Den says:

    Doom is truly on the horizon, dictatorship imminent.


  4. Den says:

    The food stamp allotment was in the Farm Bill that passed Congress and signed by cheeto face, we will see how they manipulate things to delete it now since it already passed.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    All politicians lie.

    Republicants iie through their teeth.

    Demorats lie down.

    : 😀 🙂


  6. Micki says:

    Perfect timing considering Dr. B’s above comment…

    Oh, what short memories we have!

    Yup, Trump is a total-you-know-what…

    However, remember when some of us called it the “Contract ON America” ….? And the Repugs called it the Contract with America.

    Well, Bill Clinton willingly signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA).

    The bill included major changes to U.S. social welfare policy, replacing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

    SNAP, snapped in there too!

    The bill fulfilled Clinton’s campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it.”

    Well…here we are.

    I suppose no one ever thought we could have a president as bad as Trump.

    Well, guess again!


  7. Den says:

    We must think free of puggers gaslighting tripe, guilty is guilty, bye!


  8. Den says:


  9. David B. Benson says:

    After yesterday, all aches when stick walking. So no surprise it took 19 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe.


  10. Den says:

    On another important issue:


  11. Den says:

    Ride the wave:


  12. Micki says:

    CAROL…thinking of you.


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