China orders inquiry into world’s first gene-edited babies

The Chinese national health commission has ordered an inquiry in to a Chinese scientist claiming that he created the world’s first gene-edited baby. Professor He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls whose genes have been edited to prevent HIV infection.

The genetic modification process called the CRISPR-Cas9, allows for removal and replacement a DNA strand with pinpoint precision. Genetic editing is outlawed in many countries due to the unknown effect it will have on the DNA pool of the population.

The scientist did not provide proof of his claim or publish independently verified documents in peer-reviewed journal. However,  the China’s National Health Commission is conducting a full investigation into the claims as well as an investigation in to the ethics committee and review of him.

 

Source: theguardian.com

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