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Nov 26, 2018 09:02 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Baby Gene-Editing Breakthrough Claim Slammed

Chinese scientist He Jiankui is reflected in a glass panel as he works at a computer at a laboratory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on Oct. 10. Photo: IC
Chinese scientist He Jiankui is reflected in a glass panel as he works at a computer at a laboratory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on Oct. 10. Photo: IC

A Chinese-led research team that claims to have helped create the world’s first genetically edited human babies has been criticized for allegedly breaching medical ethics — and possibly the law.

The newborn twin girls, who the researchers say are the first produced by their project to bestow immunity to HIV on an individual by editing their DNA, had a father with the disease and a mother without it, according to an Associated Press report that cites research-team leader He Jiankui. He is affiliated with Shenzhen’s Southern University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) and also heads six companies in China, mostly in the genetics sector.

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