World’s first gene-edited baby out | Its maker sentenced to 3 years of jail

He Jiankui

The Hush Post| 2:44 pm|one-minute-read|

World’s first gene-edited baby had come out. This means, if your parents and grandparents are short, it could help you grow as tall as 6 feet 4 inches. But the scientist who created the world’s first “gene-edited” babies has been sentenced to three years in prison by a court in China.

He Jiankui said in November 2018 that he had used gene-editing technology known as Crispr-Cas9 to change the genes of twin girls. This caused a backlash in China and globally about the ethics of his research and work.

The court in Shenzen found him guilty of illegal practice. It also fined him 3 million yuan (US$430,000), according to the state news agency Xinhua.

“The three accused did not have the proper certification to practise medicine, and in seeking fame and wealth, deliberately violated national regulations in scientific research and medical treatment,” the court said, according to Xinhua. “They’ve crossed the bottom line of ethics in scientific research and medical ethics.”

Scientists have understood for some time how genes of unborn children can be edited. However, most countries have banned the practice on moral and ethical grounds.

He ignored ethical and scientific norms in trying to interfere with the genetic makeup of twins called Lula and Nana.


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