USA doctor warns against backlash to gene-edited baby claim

30 November, 2018, 11:43 | Author: Bruce West
  • Chinese scientist created human babies using gene editing resistant to HIV

A Chinese scientist who stoked criticism over his claim that he had created the world's first genetically-edited babies faced mounting pressure Thursday as China ordered a halt to his scientific activities and warned he may have broken the law. His revelations have sparked a robust debate over the ethical boundaries of genetic editing and prompted calls for stricter regulation amid fears that the world could be moving closer to producing designer babies.

"This study has been submitted to a scientific journal for review", He said.

"I think the failure was his, not the scientific community", Mr Charo said. "I don't think it is credible that it is for a medical need".

Dr. He Jiankui, a us -trained Chinese scientist, shocked the world by claiming on YouTube last week that the first-ever genetically edited human births had taken place.

He spoke at a conference this week in Hong Kong, providing a small - and so far only - look into what exactly his experiment entailed. The Shenzhen City Medical Ethics Expert Board also plans to investigate.

He, according to Reuters, also shrugged off concerns that the research was conducted in secrecy, explaining that he had engaged the scientific community over the past three years.

"This is a truly unacceptable development", said Jennifer Doudna, a University of California-Berkeley scientist and one of the inventors of the CRISPR gene-editing tool that He said he used. Doudna, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, says she hopes CRISPR will someday be used to edit awful diseases out of the human genome.

Chinese scientist created human babies using gene editing resistant to HIV
China defends creating world's first genetically edited babies

"By doing this, He is changing the human gene pool, we may not be able to see the impact of this until several generations later", said Dennis Lo Yuk-ming, chairman of Chinese University's Department of Chemical Pathology.

Irresponsible: After his presentation, He was quizzed by audience members about his work.

Robin Lovell-Badge, a professor of genetics and embryology at the Francis Crick Institute in London who moderated the session, asked a question that he said was on many attendees' minds. However, the U.S. Academies are not a regulatory organization, only providing guidelines for responsible conduct of research.

He Jiankui, a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Shenzhen, said the twins - identified as "Lulu" and "Nana" - had their embryos' DNA changed using a method known as. He said the university was unaware of the lab's work.

He's filing to a Chinese clinical trials database indicates that a hospital did an ethical review of the project, but the hospital involved denied that its ethics review committee ever met to discuss the work.

His statement has not been confirmed, but if true breaks tight rules around the use of gene editing in humans.

Xu Nanping, China's vice minister of science and technology, said Tuesday that the Chinese government had issued regulations in 2003 that permitted gene-editing experiments on embryos for research purposes, but only if they remain viable no more than 14 days, according to the state broadcaster China Central Television.

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