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Nov 28, 2018 07:40 PM
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He Jiankui Used AIDS Network to Recruit 200 Couples for Gene-Editing Experiment

He Jiankui, associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology. Photo: VCG
He Jiankui, associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology. Photo: VCG

As the world reels from the revelation that the first gene-edited humans may have been born in China this month, questions swirl around the ethics and transparency of the experiment.

It has emerged that the scientist at the center of the controversy, He Jiankui, used an AIDS support network to recruit couples with fertility issues for his experiment. Under Chinese law, people with “sexual diseases,” including HIV, are banned from undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment.

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