2019 was a great yet controversial year for science, filled with groundbreaking discoveries that have the potential to substantially change the future of humanity. If you want to know what these breakthroughs were, how they will affect mankind, and why they stirred up so much controversy, read on.
CRISPR Gene Editing: Creating Babies With Superhuman Brain Powers
He Jiankui is a Chinese doctor who conducted CRISPR gene editing with a batch of babies back in 2018. He was met with a lot of backlash because people felt uneasy about the idea of meddling with nature in this way.
In 2019, the doctor revealed that his work had made the children resistant to contracting HIV (the virus that evolves into AIDS). Jiankui’s research showed that CRISPR babies also have greatly superior cognitive abilities compared to normal humans. His work earned him three years in prison.