No, not late April Fools. Yes, for real. The scientific journal Nature is about as elite and solid a science source as you can possibly get. Not a joke–Nobel prize winners still dream about publishing papers in Nature. They report:
Let’s talk about the monumental move that just occurred. What happens now? [/quote]
Perhaps they’ll cure some diseases.
You have no qualms about the ethics involved with experimenting on human embryos? Or editing them even assuming the success rate is 100%?
That would surprise me.[/quote]
If embryonic stem cell research can provide a cure for what the Chinese seem to perceive as the most dire ailments afflicting their race, namely impotence and hypogonadism, and it keeps them from harvesting tiger penises and rhinoceros horns from Asia and Africa, I’m all for it.
And hey, there are a billion and a half Chinese… I think they can afford one or two thousand embryos not being carried to term.
Seriously, though, the amount of mutagens and teratogens we ingest and inhale on a daily basis has certainly altered our genome in the three centuries since the industrial revolution (not to mention the ten millennia since the agricultural revolution), in uncontrolled and unpredictable ways. Why not play around a bit in controlled and predictable ways, especially assuming (though it’s an unrealistically optimistic assumption) a one hundred percent success rate.