following the incident. A team of investigators said he deliberately evaded oversight to
conduct the research in pursuit of fame and profit and may face criminal charges.
“In our view, China is at a crossroads,” the four scholars said in the Nature commentary. “The government must mak
e substantial changes to protect others from the potential effects of reckless human experimentation.”
The authors were Lei Ruipeng, professor of bioethics at the School of the Humanities and Centre for Bioethics at Huazho
ng University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province; Zhai Xiaomei, professor of bioethics and heal
th policy at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences’ Centre for Bioethics, in Beijing; Zhu Wei, an associate professor at
Fudan University’s Centre for Applied Ethics in Shanghai; and Qiu Renzong, a philosophy of science and bioethics pr
ofessor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy, in Beijing.