bioethics

Report: Spanish Biologist Working on ‘Human-Monkey Hybrids’ in China

If there is one thing science fiction has taught us, it is that nothing bad can possibly come from making monkeys more like human beings. The controversy surrounding a Chinese laboratory creating human-monkey hybrids with the help of a Spanish biologist based in California is therefore puzzling. What could go wrong?

Mandrill monkeys play on July 8, 2019 at the zoological park of Amneville. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Genome-Altering Scientific Breakthrough Ignites Ethics Debate

In what is being dubbed “the most important new genetic engineering technique since the beginning of the biotechnology age in the 1970s,” scientists have made an enormous breakthrough in editing human genetic material. The possibilities of the technology are so vast that scientists themselves are already calling for ethical discussion and restraint.

In what is being dubbed “the most important new genetic …