He said that Lulu and Nana had been born "crying into the world as healthy as any other babies" a few weeks ago. Expanding on his motivations in a YouTube video, He spoke about discrimination that HIV-positive people still face in China and many developing countries.
China's National Health Commission said it was "highly concerned" about the claims and ordered local health officials "to immediately investigate" He's activity.
The statement follows a move by the Chinese hospital named in He's ethical approval documents, Shenzhen Harmonicare Women's and Children's Hospital, to deny all involvement in the procedures. "Many of them thought the research gave them a chance to have babies who do not have the risk of getting HIV".
The hospital claimed to have approved Dr.
Annas also faulted He for conducting his research on "twins instead of one baby" and said scientists should "never endanger two children with a first of its kind experiment-but should do one and not add others until safety (and efficacy) are confirmed in the first".
Media reports triggered Shenzhen's Southern University of Science and Technology, where He is now on unpaid leave, to release a statement Monday explaining that the organisation was "deeply shocked" and is trying to establish communications with He to clarify the extent of his research. He's university has also distanced itself from the experiment, claiming that it was not aware of it. He did not report to the school or the department of biology. And He's university issued a statement saying it has launched an investigation into the research, which it says may "seriously violate academic ethics and academic norms".
He's claims have neither been independently verified nor peer-reviewed.
"I think parents who really love their children will not use gene editing to increase their babies' intelligence, hair or eye color". Sangamo Therapeutics In., a firm that uses a gene-editing platform known as Zinc finger nuclease, rose as much as 3.4 percent. In the United Kingdom, editing of embryos may be permitted for research purposes with strict regulatory approval. "It's not known if those pregnancies were terminated, carried to term, or are ongoing".
In this regard it is heartwarming to have Feng Zhang call for a moratorium on implantation of edited embryos and remind his scientific colleagues that "in 2015, the global research community said it would be irresponsible to proceed with any germline editing without 'broad societal consensus about the appropriateness of the proposed application'".
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"The project completely ignored the principles of biomedical ethics, conducting experiments on humans without proving it's safe", said Qiu Zilong, a neuroscience researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (中国科学) in Shanghai who wrote the letter. Over a hundred Chinese researchers also signed a statement dubbing the experiment "crazy".
Bioethicist Julian Savulescu from the University of Oxford described the experiment as "monstrous" in an interview with the BBC.
He acknowledges the work is controversial and says that designer babies should be banned. "The embryos were healthy".
In recent years, scientists have edited genes in adults to treat diseases but the changes are confined to that person. His name still featured as one of the speakers on the conference programme distributed on Tuesday.
Joyce Harper, a professor in genetics and human embryology at the Institute for Women's Health at University College London, described the alleged research "premature, risky and irresponsible", calling for public debate and legislation.
"Certainly this is something that the genetics world all thought would possibly happen one day, but I think we were hoping it would happen with a lot more regulation", said Ahmed, a genetic counsellor at a private DNA testing lab in Toronto.
Researchers were quick to point out that preventing HIV transmission in offspring is not an "unmet medical need" because countless alternative treatments are available.
"We just saw it on the internet". He says he altered the embryos of seven couples (the males had HIV) during in-vitro fertilization (IVF).