Gene-edited baby claim by Chinese scientist sparks outrage

Staff Writer

HONG KONG (AP) — More than 100 scientists have signed a petition calling for greater oversight on gene editing experiments after a researcher in China claimed he altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month.
He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China says he did it to try to help the babies resist possible future HIV infection. His claim could not be independently confirmed.
He’s school says it would hire experts to investigate, saying the work “seriously violated academic ethics and standards.”...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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