“If a country like China,” Li Jun continued, “is equipped with the tools to modify the characteristics of unborn children, as they soon may be, both to improve physical capacities, but also to alter susceptibility to certain cancers and viruses, then China can easily alter the genes of a virus to specialize its attack. If you look at the idealists, when they describe gene editing tools like CRISPR and knowledge of the genome, of course they imagine a world without cancer and perhaps even super-humans. But any tool that can be used for good... can... be just as powerful in a work of evil. Imagine such bioweapons in the hands of a power-hungry Chinese General—” Li Jun raised his eyebrows, “in the hands of any power-hungry general. Even your military has leaders unencumbered by the restraints of morality.”
Nathan felt chilled with the ideas Li Jun was presenting. He was grateful for the information, but started to feel left out in the cold again.
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