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Researcher who edited human gene suspended
He Jiankui, the Chinese researcher who claimed to have created the world’s first gene-edited babies, has been suspended from any scientific activities amid mounting questions from government agencies and academicians about the experiment.
Using a fertilized human egg cell, He sought to disable a gene that forms a protein doorway that allows the HIV to enter, intending to make the resulting person resistant to the virus.
“The case, as media have reported, is a blatant violation of China’s laws and regulations, and it breaks the bottom line of academic morality and ethics,” Xu Nanping, vice-minister of science and technology, said on Thursday in an interview with China Central Television. “It’s shocking and unacceptable.”
Xu said the ministry has ordered relevant authorities to suspend all scientific activity of people involved with the case, and will mete out punishments together with other authorities based on the results of the investigation…