China’s testing ‘biologically enhanced’ super soldiers on their own troops, says DNI Ratcliffe

China’s testing ‘biologically enhanced’ super soldiers on their own troops, says DNI Ratcliffe. By Ryan Morgan.

John Ratcliffe, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, said on Thursday that U.S. intelligence found China conducted human testing in the hope of developing soldiers with “biologically enhanced capabilities.” …

Last year American researchers Elsa Kania and Wilson VornDick, published a paper for the Jamestown Foundation, examining the Chinese military’s biotechnology studies, including the use of a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR … to genetically enhance soldiers.

“For instance, a doctoral dissertation titled ‘Evaluation and Research on Human Performance Enhancement Technology,’ published in 2016, envisions CRISPR as one of three primary ‘human performance enhancement technologies’ that can be utilized to boost personnel combat effectiveness. The researcher argues that because CRISPR holds such ‘great potential’ as a ‘disruptive’ technology, China must ‘seize the initiative.’

Wolf warriers … to be genetically enhanced using methods that are currently illegal

In November 2018, Chinese biophysics researcher He Jiankui claimed he had carried out the first instance of gene-editing on humans when he genetically removed the CCR5 gene from twin babies to render them immune to HIV. In December 2019, the BBC reported He was convicted of violating a Chinese government ban on genetic experiments on humans and sentenced to three years in jail and a fine of three million yuan (about $459,000).

In their paper, Kania and VornDick wrote “some scientists speculate that He may have removed the gene to boost the babies’ cognitive power, which is believed to be an added bonus of that modification.” …

Ratcliffe also said, “I am hoping now that the election is over, now that people have voted, and if there is a Biden administration, that they will get past politicizing intelligence and be honest about China and acknowledge that China, and China alone is the greatest national security threat that we face.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil