He edited a gene called CCR5 – a gene that is responsible for memory, cognitive abilities of the brain and even its recovery after a stroke. In people who have his work blocked due to natural mutations, the brain works better than everyone else. Therefore, geneticists familiar with the research have a very strong suspicion that the Chinese scientist tried to create perfect people, writes Interesting Engineering.
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Silva says it’s hard to predict what effect the CCR5 gene will have on the human brain. Perhaps the cognitive abilities of the experimental children will really change for the better. However, it is not known what side effects such a mutation can have in the long term.
If Ho was successful, it is possible that Lulu and Nana (that is the name of GMO children), when they grow up, will be much smarter than modern people. They will have better memory and health too. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese government took his work under full control.
Scientist Jiankui He talks about his work:
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