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China Orders Probe After Scientist Claims 1st Gene-Edited Babies

Chinese health and medical ethics authorities started an investigation on Monday into claims by a scientist who released videos on YouTube saying he had altered the genes of twins born earlier this month, creating the first gene edited babies. The Southern University of Science and Technology in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, where the scientist, He Jiankui, holds an associate professorship, said it had been unaware of the research project and that He had been on leave without pay since February. He Jiankui defended what he claimed to have achieved, saying he had performed the gene editing to help protect the babies from future infection with the AIDS virus. But his university said it was a "serious violation of academic ethics and standards" and scientists around the world condemned it as monstrous and dangerous. The university issued a statement after He said in five videos posted on Monday that... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline article, China Orders Probe After Scientist Claims 1st Gene-Edited Babies, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give 'Phuket Hotel Deals' a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you visit 'VOA NEWS'. Thank you China Orders Probe After Scientist Claims 1st Gene-Edited Babies

 

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