Chinese Scientists Claim to Have Gene-Edited Human Babies For the First Time
Publication/Creation DateNovember 26 2018
DescriptionA team of scientists lead by He Jiankui used CRISPR to edit the genome of human embryos. They've recently announced the successful birth of twin girls born without the CCR5 gene that makes humans susceptible to HIV, smallpox, and cholera. Under very secretive circumstances, scientists around the world are condemning the experiment, and Jiankui and his associates are currently under investigation by the Chinese government as a result. The discussion around the ethics and legality of the experiment have begun throughout the international community.
, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
Date archivedNovember 28 2018
Last editedMarch 27 2019