Blacklisted in China—Misbehaving Scientists Poised for “Social” Punishment
When Dr. He Jiankui announced the birth of CRISPR-edited babies last month, the world grappled with how to handle the aftermath. Should journals overlook his dangerous ethical violations and publish the results? Will he now be barred from conducting clinical trials or obtaining funding? What level of punishment is appropriate for what he did—with absolutely no remorse? China’s answer: extensive, life-consuming penalties that extend far past any scientific career.