As we pause to celebrate the 4th of July, another birthday is top of mind: A third baby whose embryonic DNA was edited by Chinese scientist He Jiankui. As Xconomy reported in November, He hinted about a second pregnancy after his infamous revelation of twins altered with CRISPR gene editing tools. That second pregnancy—a third CRISPR’d child—might already have arrived, MIT Technology Review reports.

As the news of ever-cheaper genome sequencing highlights, however, the genie could be out of the bottle. The means to tinker with DNA are simply too available and too easy to use. We have to lean on… Read more »