CRISPR Inventor Condemns Chinese Gene-Editing Experiment
A Chinese-led experiment to create gene-edited babies was “completely unnecessary and irresponsible,” an international DNA-editing pioneer has told Caixin.
Chinese-American biologist Feng Zhang, who was on the team that invented the gene-editing technology CRISPR, condemned the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who on Monday announced the births of the world’s first gene-edited babies in China. He claimed to have removed a gene from the embryos of twin girls to make them resistant to HIV, which he said might have otherwise been passed on to them by their HIV-positive father.
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