He Jiankui is a professor of the university in Shenzhen, in the Guangdong province in southern China. In a YouTube video that has gone around the world, he claimed to have been the first to change the DNA of both babies to make them resistant to HIV. A first in the history.
the reaction of The country has been rapid : an investigation has been launched to verify his assertions. “We asked the health authorities of Guangdong province to immediately open a thorough investigation to establish the facts,” responded Monday night to the national Commission on health, called “attach great importance” to the case.
Lulu and Nana
In her video, the scientist says he has used the technique Crispr-Cas9, the so-called “scissors genetic. This allows you to change “easily” to the genome, and thus influence on the constitution of the new-born.
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The binoculars from the experience of He named “Lulu” and “Nana”, are born after in-vitro fertilization, from embryos modified prior to their implantation in the uterus of the mother.
This experience has so far not been verified by other researchers, and the team of professor He has not yet published articles or data on this subject.
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But the reactions are already bright. More than 100 chinese scientists, mainly biologists and physicians, said in a press release, “a big blow to the global reputation and the development of biomedical research in China,” and denounced the “madness”.