Scientist Claims to have Gene-Edited Babies

We discuss the story of He Jiankui, a Chinese professor who claimed to have gene-edited babies to make them resistant to HIV.  They discuss the research ethics problems presented by this research, but also the disturbing implications of a technology whose development seems immanent.


Chrstine Percheski is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. Christine recently co-published two studies on union dissolution: a 2017 article in PLOS One, “Health behaviors and union dissolution among parents of young children: Differences by marital status” and “Health and Union Dissolution among Parenting Couples: Differences by Gender and Marital Status” in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  

Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College. He wrote Financial Crisis in American Households: The Basic Expenses That Bankrupt the Middle Class (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity). Twitter: @jncohen

Leslie Hinkson co-hosts The Annex. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. Her recent book is Subprime Health: Debt and Race in U.S. Medicine (2017 University of Minnesota Press).

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