Chinese social credit system adjusted to punish regulations-breaking scientists weeks after CRISPR gene editing scandal

The Chinese government has expanded its controversial social credit system to include infractions made by research scientists. Researchers in China who commit scientific misconduct could soon be prevented from getting a bank loan, running a company or applying for a public-service job.

Maybe a reaction to Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s gene-editing experiment. He admitted to using the CRISPR gene-editing tool to modify human embryos that are now twin babies.

The system now includes nearly 10 million people. It should be fully implemented in the next two to three years, and include some 22 million citizens…