Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Update on Genetically Modified Babies

From Yahoo! News:

He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist behind the world’s first genetically modified human babies, has provided an update on the children’s lives.

The researcher first announced the controversial babies — a pair of twins — in 2018, drawing massive condemnation from the international community. Many accused him of “playing god” as he harnessed the power of CRISPR-Cas9, a tool that alters DNA sequences and modifies gene functions.

He also sparked outrage in his native China, where he was jailed for three years for deliberately violating national biomedical regulations in pursuit of “personal fame and gain.” He was released in April 2022.

Nearly a year after his release, the scientist spoke with South China Morning Post and provided an update on the children’s status.

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