China’s gene-editing Frankenstein jailed for three years in modified baby case
- He Jiankui and two others convicted on charges related to manipulation of embryos to prevent HIV infection.
- Three babies were born as a result of the illegal experiment.
AdvertisementChinese scientist He Jiankui, who created the world’s first “gene-edited” babies, has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan (US$430,000).
He, along with two others named Zhang Yinli and Qin Jinzhou, was convicted by a Shenzhen court on Monday on charges related to the “illegally carrying out human embryo gene-editing intended for reproduction”, which led to the births of three genetically edited babies, according to state news agency Xinhua.
The scientist, from the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, claimed in November last year that he had manipulated the embryos with a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR in a bid to make them immune to HIV infection.
He faced an onslaught of questions and criticisms from the media and his peers, most of whom raised doubts about his claims or condemned his brashness and lack of ethical and medical concerns about a clinical procedure that is banned in most countries, including
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