Unethical experiments of yesterday; Painful contributions today for medicine

Unethical experiments of yesterday; Painful contributions today for medicine

He Jiankui, a Chinese scientist recently sent shockwaves all around the globe last year stating claims that he recently modified the DNA of twin babies before they took birth. This modification completed with CRISPR-Cas9, a tool for gene editing. This made the genetically modified babies completely resistant to the HIV virus.

Following the experimentation, the scientist was warned by his peers to avoid going down the path as it was highly unethical. His experiments, while still clouded by uncertainty of the claims, create a Pandora Box comprised of questions that play with ethics set around human experimentation.

Now, these dilemmas related to human experimentation aren’t something new. There are examples in history that explain the cruel human experimentation that actually tested limits of survival for human. While some of these experimentations led to creation of prototype of Hepatitis B Vaccination, some suffered fatal consequences with no output.

During the 1940s, Illinois prisoners were infected by Malaria in order to test out the anti-malaria drugs. Now, many scientists think that if there is a case of potentially fatal disease being alleviated with an experiment, the medical community is willing to take that extra step with justified risk.

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