Scientific openness continues to evolve
November / December 2018

When Peking University biophysicist He Jiankui recently announced that he had genetically altered human embryos that were subsequently taken to term and born as twin girls, he was immediately denounced by huge portions of the international scientific community. While much of this criticism stemmed from the ethical quandaries posed by He’s actions, an even more fundamental reason for outrage emerged from the fact that he had worked in isolation.

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