Sci­en­tist says 2nd gene-edited baby may be on way

Belleville News-Democrat - - Nation & World -

A Chi­nese re­searcher who claims to have helped make the world’s first ge­net­i­cally edited ba­bies says a sec­ond preg­nancy may be un­der­way.

The re­searcher, He Jiankui of Shen­zhen, re­vealed the preg­nancy Wed­nes­day while mak­ing his first pub­lic com­ments about his work at a con­fer­ence in Hong Kong.

He claims to have al­tered the DNA of twin girls born ear­lier this month to try to make them re­sis­tant to in­fec­tion with the AIDS virus. Main­stream sci­en­tists have con­demned the ex­per­i­ment, and uni­ver­si­ties and gov­ern­ment groups are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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