Right now the international medical community is wrapped up into one of the biggest controversies of the 21st century: the morality of editing the human genome. A Chinese scientist claimed to have edited the genes of two infants to make them immune to HIV. This news is astounding on multiple reasons, and is the pinnacle of morality issues when it comes to scientific experimentation. There are numerous reasons this should not have been done, ranging from this has never been done before so no one knows what will happen, to the possible effects are all too predictable if anything goes wrong. While the infants are claimed to be in perfect health, they are still very young and therefore the effects can still be way off from being detectable. This list for why this should not have been done goes on and on, and even those who feel genome editing will be necessary in the future feel that this was a reprehensible action taken. With little oversight and even less forethought taken into account, there is no question this should not have been done.
Medical science often pushes the boundaries of what we think is possible. But this in particular pushed what anyone thought is even safe. Human DNA is indescribably complex, and while the CRISPR technology has been used before, it was done so on bacteria — an infinitesimally simpler genome sequence to handle, and one that if done improperly, is much easier to contain and eliminate issues.
When it comes to science, there has to be a strict set of guidelines followed that do not allow research to enter any morally devoid areas. In the case of this experiment. while done for all the right reasons to make these babies lives a little safer, it was done for all the wrong reasons in regards to understanding the norms and morals of science.