Bitcoin Core Dev Plans To Create Gene-Hacked Babies
A DIY biohacker named Bryan Bishop says that he’s working on technology that will gene-hack babies to make them “grow muscle without weightlifting” and live more than a hundred years.
According to a report in the MIT’s Technology Review, a former LedgerX employee and Bitcoin code contributor is attempting to launch a business that would allow parents to choose physical attributes for their offspring before they’re born, Newsbtc reports.
The 29-year-old Bryan Bishop is not the first scientist to pursue such ends. In November, a biophysicist from China announced that he had successfully edited the genes of babies in the lab. This could land the scientist in immense legal trouble with authorities in the nation and he has been subject to a severe backlash from members of the scientific and ethics communities.
“We haven’t started on humans yet, but we do believe this is ethical,” he told the MIT Technology Review in a fascinating new profile of his rogue genetic work. “People are on a witch hunt right now to find wrongdoing. I am afraid they are not going to find any.”
He said he wanted ethics advice to help win the endorsement of a prominent geneticist, George Church of Harvard University, whose tally of potential genetic enhancements—a scroll of genes with names like PCSK9 and CCR5, presented in dozens of talks—has been called the “wish list” for a post-human era.
It is worth reminding that back in November, a Chinese biophysicist claimed he’d made the first gene-edited babies—news that sparked a global outcry and could lead to stiff penalties in China for the scientist responsible.