It's been a few months since the Chinese geneticist He Jiankui announced in the world that he changed the genetically modified human embryos that were then brought to the term and resulted in twin girls. His work, subject to cruel criticism from every corner of the scientific community, has come to him in the state's detention and he can still face the death penalty once everything is said and done.
He remains, a group of genetics researchers now demands stronger regulation of human genetic change, begging their colleagues to join them in an agreement to avoid such work until more is can learn about the potential medical and ethical risks of changing genes in humans.
"We call for a global moratorium on all clinical use of human metabolism in the germs ̵
discussions of various change-related issues of human genetics will be held in advance in any country that builds its own framework of regulations to permit such work. The moratorium indicated by researchers can be used in the long run by countries wishing to avoid potential harmful research for the future, while other countries may decide to allow it if conditions are met.
"No clinical germline editing application should be considered unless long-term biological consequences are well-understood – both for individuals and for human species," the scientists are coercive.
We have reached an interesting point in the history of genetic science. Researchers now have tools and knowledge to edit the genetic embryo of humans, but doing so can lead to unforeseen consequences and no reputable scientists want to prohibit the actual life of people to know. It does not say that humanity's future does not include genetic change that can prevent illnesses or certain conditions, but we are not yet in a position to call that.