China declares the scientist who generated the world’s first genetically edited babies last year had acted unlawfully and did so for fame and fortune.
On the other hand, He Jiankui, the researcher, claims to have reformed twin girls’ genes so they could become HIV resistant but this was met with skepticism and anger.
According to the investigators,He Jiankuiis facing serious punishment after acting according to his own will and falsifying ethical review papers.
Professor He, who is under house arrest, has defended his work.
In November, he told a scientific summit in Hong Kong that he was “delighted” with his gene-editingwork, a practice which is illegal in most countries including China.
The Chinese and international scientist stand firm that any application of gene editing on human embryos for reproductive purposes is unethical.
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17 November, 2019