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Gene-Edited Twins cannot catch HIV/AIDS

A Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies has defended his work.

Speaking at a genome summit in Hong Kong, He Jiankui said he was “proud” of altering the genes of twin girls so they could not contract HIV.

His work, which he announced earlier this week, has not been verified.

Many scientists have condemned his announcement. Such gene-editing work is banned in most countries, including China.

Professor He’s university – the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen – said it was unaware of the research project and would launch an investigation. It said Mr He had been on unpaid leave since February. -BBC

  1. The clinical report has not been published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

  2. Because the data have not been peer-reviewed, the fidelity of the gene editing process cannot be evaluated.

  3. The work as described to date reinforces the urgent need to confine the use of gene editing in human embryos to cases where a clear unmet medical need exists, and where no other medical approach is a viable option, as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences. -/news.berkeley.edu


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