The Chinese Gene-Editing Experiment Was an Outrage. The Broader Scientific Community Shares Blame.

We’re overdue for a society-wide conversation about this technology

Chinese scientist He Jiankui is part of a team that claims to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

By J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Sheila Jasanoff and Krishanu Sana

This is the experiment that was not supposed to happen.

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