Book cover of The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans by Eben Kirkseyby Eben Kirksey

An anthropologist visits the frontiers of genetics, medicine, and technology to ask: Whose values are guiding gene editing experiments? And what does this new era of scientific inquiry mean for the future of the human species? 

“That rare kind of scholarship that is also a page-turner.”
—Britt Wray, author of Rise of the Necrofauna 

At a conference in Hong Kong in November 2018, Dr. He Jiankui announced that he had created the first genetically modified babies—twin girls named Lulu and Nana—sending shockwaves around the world. A year later, a Chinese court sentenced Dr. He to three years in prison for “illegal medical practice.”

Interview with the Author

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