Researcher Claims Genome Edited Twins Born Healthy

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A Chinese researcher named He Jiankui of Shenzhen has recently released a video via Youtube wherein he declares that twin girls Lulu and Nana (pseudonyms to protect their identity) whose father was HIV positive and whose genes the Chinese scientist edited for increased resistance, “came crying into the world a few weeks ago,” and that they were home with their mother, Grace, and father, Mark.

According to the scientist, the gene surgery was a success, one which could only have happened in China, as the practice is illegal in the United States. He would not identify the couple (Mark and Grace), nor would he disclose their location.

Whilst He Jiankui does not provide any direct evidence of his claim, he does provide email links to both himself and Lulu and Nana (both provided at the end of the video).

If true, it would be quite groundbreaking.

Not everyone was taken with the news, for example, Dr. Kiran Musunuru, a University of Pennsylvania gene editing expert, stated that He’s experimentation was “unconscionable” and that human experimentation “is not morally or ethically defensible.”

You can watch He’s video in its entirety below.

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