CRISPR twins may be the first humans with 'accidentally' enhanced brains
It is due to the deletion or mutation of the gene called CCR5 that the researchers believe impacts memory and the brain's ability to form new connections. HIV requires the CCR5 gene to enter human blood cells.
When Chinese biophysics researcher Dr. Jiankui altered the gene of the human embryo he did not intend on creating the first metahumans with enhanced brains. However, Alcino J. Silva, a neurobiologist at UCLA, believes, Dr Jiankui may have inadvertently done so regardless of the intent.
While it remains to be proven if Lulu and Nana are actually the first humans with altered genes leading to enhanced brains, CRISPR remains a controversial use of science and technology regarded by the critics as 'irresponsible' and a potential reason for a biotechnology race between China and the US.