To err is human, to inject oneself with DIY DNA is divine… apparently? At least, that may have been the thinking behind one of 2018’s most sensational science experiments.
OK, 2018 can't end soon enough. Some French high school student translated a part of the Bible and Koran into protein sequence, made an rAAV vector and a cyclic peptide, injected them into either thigh, and then published the following preprint: https://t.co/fC5CMSQk0Z
— Sri Kosuri (@srikosuri) December 14, 2018
I know the odds of a nonsense protein being close to anything dangerous in sequence space are relatively low, but this kind of avant-garde attitude and disregard for ethics towards science terrifies me that humanity’s end will be at the hands of an idiot.
— Ella Watkins (@Ella_Watkins_) December 15, 2018
there is no facepalm big enough for this… at least the title makes a pretty unambiguous claim…
— Aaron (@aaron_mckenna) December 14, 2018
— Matt Wall #FBPE #StopBrexit (@m_wall) December 14, 2018
Interesting selection of texts (unclear why he excluded some parts of Genesis, choice of surah, taking about power of truth and weakness of falsehood, doesn't look random either). So guy spends at least 1000 eur on one protein and then preps 7 mg of another (at his lyceum?)?
— Dmitry Baranov (@bardmital) December 15, 2018
Well that’s one way to get superpowers.
— Justin Caram (@jrcaram) December 14, 2018