Chinese scientists conduct first-ever gene-editing tests on a person

In a move that could set off a biomedical competition between the United States and China reminiscent of the 1950s duel between the United States and the Soviet Union for space-flight supremacy, Chinese scientists have “become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique.”

As a matter of interest, the Soviet Union won the duel for space-flight supremacy by being the first in space with the orbiting of Sputnik 1 in 1957, and proved it again in 1961 by being the first to put a man, Yuri Gagarin, in space.

Since that time, however, the United States has landed astronauts on the moon in each of six Apollo missions, between 1969 and 1972. No other country has succeeded in landing even one astronaut on the moon.