Chinese Scientist Faces Backlash Over Gene-Editing
A Chinese university is denying any involvement with a scientist who has claimed to have genetically modified the DNA of twin girls. He Jiankui says he edited the genes of the twin embryos to prevent them from contracting HIV. Gene-editing of embryos is illegal in many countries, including China, and many scientists consider it unethical due to the risk of harming the individual and future generations. He Jiankui said the health of both children would be monitored over the next 18 years and admitted that another pregnancy involving a third edited embryo was in its early stages.