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Scientist who created the genetically modified babies faces death penalty

A Chinese scientist claimed in November that it helped bring the world’s first genetically modified babies, twin girls born that month, whose DNA had previously been modified at the embryo stage.

According to He Giankui, a researcher at the Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, as well as founder of two genetics companies, the aim of genetic modification was not to prevent or cure a genetic condition but to intervene in the embryo genome to has a feature that few people have: the physical ability to develop resistance to a possible future HIV infection by AIDS.

The Chinese researcher stated that, using the CRISPR-Cas9 precision method, he genetically modified the embryos of seven couples who had made an extracorporeal fertility clinic. To date, she has spawned one of these couples (twin girls).

However, he immediately accepted the critique of the scientific community. Running such experiments without full understanding of possible long-term effects was considered extremely immoral and dangerous. In addition, it announced its results without any real evidence supporting its claims. The authorities have announced that its scientific action “violates nature.”

More intrigue also created the revelation that Xi was stationed in a government building for reasons of protection. Some of his colleagues said he could face the death penalty if he was charged with bribery and corruption.

Robin Lovell-Badge, from the Francis Crick Institute in London, says: “There is an official survey conducted by the Ministries of Science and Health. Many people will probably lose their jobs. He was not the only one who participated in this project obviously. He could accept all sorts of corruption charges and be guilty of corruption in China these days. Several people have lost their head for corruption. “

He said in November that the parents of the modified embryos refused to disclose their identity or to give an interview and he did not reveal either where they live or where the genetic modification was made. As he said, “I feel great responsibility” and stressed that “society will decide what to do next”, whether or not it will allow such interventions in embryonic DNA.