Scientists and the danger of a competitive culture

The researcher claiming to have created the first gene-edited babies, a set of twins, might be afflicted with a form of ethical Dunning-Kruger syndrome - ignorance of one's own ignorance.

In interviews and a promotional YouTube video, Dr He Jiankui telegraphed faith that his experiment will be remembered as a pioneering feat and a landmark in medical progress.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2019, with the headline 'Scientists and the danger of a competitive culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe