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Nov 27, 2018 08:14 PM
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CRISPR Inventor Condemns Chinese Gene-Editing Experiment

When asked about the effect of the edited genes on future generations, biologist Feng Zhang simply said, “I don’t know.
When asked about the effect of the edited genes on future generations, biologist Feng Zhang simply said, “I don’t know." Photo: IC

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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