SCI­EN­TIST AL­TERS KIDS’ DNA

The Independent on Saturday - - LIFESTYLE -

A SCI­EN­TIST who cre­ated the world’s first “de­signer ba­bies” is un­der house ar­rest and could face the death penalty, it was claimed yes­ter­day.

Dr He Jiankui cre­ated con­tro­versy in Novem­ber when he re­vealed he had edited the ge­netic code of two baby girls be­fore they were born.

Jiankui an­nounced that he had changed their DNA to stop them be­ing in­fected by HIV/Aids car­ried by their fa­ther.

But sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped sim­pler tech­niques to en­sure the dis­ease is not passed on. | Daily Mail

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