The Chinese scientist who edited human embryos to make them HIV resistant is now a pariah in the scientific world.  Scientists worldwide condemned his action and the Chinese government has shut down his work.  There has been a consensus to avoid tampering with human embryos until more is known about the effects of doing so.  It is peer pressure, but it only goes so far.  If a rogue decides to push technology to its limits, he can do so.  There is nothing the scientific community can do.  It bridles at the notion of government control over experiments, but as this case shows, there is nothing to stop someone from throwing over conventional agreements.  It also shows that once technology is developed, it can and will be used for better and for worse.

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