Reuters.- On Monday, healthcare professionals and medical ethics in China launched an investigation into a statement by a scientist who allegedly published videos on YouTube and claimed that twins born earlier this month had altered their genes. This means that it has created the first genetically arranged babies.
The South University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen City, South China, where a joint chairman of the scientist Jiankui, said he did not know the project, and the investigator has been on leave since February.
I advocated claiming that the babies were able to achieve genetic pressure to help prevent a future infection with the AIDS virus. The university, however, said the investigation was "a serious violation of ethical and academic standards" and world-wide experts denounced it as dreadful and dangerous.
In a statement released on Monday, the Party released a statement after Lulu and Nana twins used a genetic modification technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter genes and gave their names after the babies.
China's National Health Commission said it was "very alarming" and ordered the provincial health authorities "to open an investigation immediately and clarify the issue". . We must be responsible for the health of the people and we will act according to the law, Bir he said in a statement.
The medical ethics committee in Shenzhen said the case had been investigated.
One of the videos called "genetic surgery" is that the editing process "works safely as planned" and that the girls are "as healthy as any other baby." It was impossible to verify the allegations as the expert did not provide the written documentation of his work.
CRISPR-Cas9 is a technology that provides scientists with the hope of cutting and pasting DNAs and for genetic solutions to diseases. However, it also increases concerns about security and ethics.
Julian Savulescu, a specialist in medical ethics at Oxford University in England, said, "If this is true, this experiment is monster." Said. Sa If true (,), this genomic editing technology will be irresponsible, unethical and dangerous to use, omik said Kathy Niakan, an expert at the Francis Crick Institute in London.
The University of South of Science and Technology said it would be on leave until 2021. When he contacted for comment, he stated that he had volunteered for several years to focus on his research without specifying dates.
"I understand that my work will be controversial, but I think families need this technology. And I'm ready to accept criticism for them," the scientist argues at one of the videos.
In a previous interview with Reuters, she said her goal was to provide the babies with a "lifelong protection" against HIV, which started working in the second half of 2017 and recorded eight HIV-positive couples. Five preferred to place embryos, including the parents of twins identified only by the pseudonyms of Mark and Grace.
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