Chinamedical breakthrough University professor He Jiankui posts a video on YouTube saying that the twin girls had their DNA altered By Asia Times staff November 26, 2018 6:06 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 China has claimed to have created the world’s first genetically-edited babies. While the fallout has created a global storm in the medical profession, scientists have sounded a note of caution about the claims. Yet in a potentially ground-breaking process, Chinese university professor He Jiankui posted a video on YouTube saying that the twin girls, born a few weeks ago, had their DNA altered to prevent them from contracting HIV. He, who was educated at Stanford University in the US and works from a lab in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, said their DNA was modified using CRISPR, a technique which allows scientists to remove and replace a strand with pinpoint precision. The development emerged Sunday in an article published by industry journal the MIT Technology Review, which referenced medical documents posted online by He’s research team at the Southern University of Science and Technology to recruit couples for the experiments. The video then went online, prompting a heated debate among… Read full this story
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