Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies Speaks at Conference, Addresses Controversial Research

Live Science | 11/28/2018 | Staff
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Jiankui He, the Chinese scientist who claims to have edited the genes of twin babies, spoke publicly about his research for the first time today (Nov. 28) in Hong Kong, at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing.

He took the stage just before 1 p.m. local time, and began his talk with an apology.

Audience - Results - Study - Opportunity - Data

"First, I must apologize," He told the audience. The results of the study leaked unexpectedly, he said, taking away the opportunity for the data to be presented in a scientific venue. "The study has been submitted to a scientific journal for review," he added.

He also thanked his university, the Southern University of Science and Technology in China, but noted that they were "unaware of the study's conduct." On Nov. 26, the University released a statement saying that He had been on unpaid leave since February, and that they were "deeply shocked" by the news of the research.

Talk - Research - Gene - CCR5 - Embryos

In his talk, which detailed his research on editing a gene called CCR5 in human embryos, He said that the parents were given the option to exit the trial without implanting the gene-edited embryos, or to use non-edited embryos instead. However, he...
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