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'Unprecedented' Chinese Genetic Experiment May Lead To Army Of Radiation-Resistant Super Soldiers

maximus otter

Recovering policeman
Aug 9, 2001
The Hong-based South China Morning Post has a doozy of a headline out this week based on a breakthrough announcement by a team of scientists linked to the Chinese military, working in Beijing: "Chinese team behind extreme animal gene experiment says it may lead to super soldiers who survive nuclear fallout."

The project was first unveiled in the Chinese-language journal, Military Medical Sciences, and has been gaining more and more media attention and interest within the scientific community, but is also raising serious ethical quandaries, despite the experiment being defended by its overseers as "totally legal".

Having isolated the Tardigrade's gene capable of producing shieldlike proteins which can protect against radiation and other harms, the Chinese team said it "found a way to introduce this gene into human DNA using CRISPR/Cas9, a gene-editing tool now available in most bio-labs," according to the SCMP review of the experiment.

"In their laboratory experiment, nearly 90 percent of the human embryonic cells carrying the water bear gene survived a lethal exposure to X-ray radiation, according to the team led by professor Yue Wen with the radiation biotechnology laboratory at the Academy of Military Sciences, Beijing," the report continues.


maximus otter
The original article can be found on the South China Morning Post site.
Did you check the date on this one?
Original is 29th March
Oddly, when I clicked the link it first read April 1, then switched to March 31, 10:40 PM. I wonder if the time adjusts locally, meaning the post, written in Europe, would have actually been on the morning of April 1. However, the original South China Morning Post article, mostly behind a paywall, was March 29.