Jiankui, largely unknown until yesterday, is the associate professor of Science and Technology University of South China (Güney; 大 & or SUSTC) in Shenzhen.
The Guangdong province-based researcher said that during the IVF treatment seven different pairs used CRISPR on the embryos and the birth of twin girls this month.
CRISPR is a molecular tool that allows scientists to edit DNA sections. Many researchers are interested in using technology to eliminate or treat genetic diseases, as Business Insider has previously reported.
His claim was CRISPR regulated DNA and newborn twin girls with immunity to HIV.
According to the Associated Press report, He Jiankui said your father had the disease and the mother didn't. He said the ultimate goal was to change the genes of the infants to protect them from future HIV infections.
The University of Shenzhen said on Monday that it has been granted free permission since 1 February 2018 and is not expected to return until January 2021.
She said the academic board seriously violated "academic ethics and norms".
"Our school will immediately hire competent specialists to conduct an in-depth investigation and to set up an independent committee to publish relevant information after the investigation," SUSTC said. Said.
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Caixin, in China, mostly in the genetics sector, said that he chaired six companies.
When contacted by China magazine, Shenzhen Hanhai Genetics Biology Technology Co., Ltd. A representative of the company – one of the companies he worked for – refused to say whether they were aware of the project, but said that the experiment was not done on Caixin 's premises.
The trial was in no way validated or published in any academic journal.
People's Managed by China's People's Daily published an online article on this topic on Monday, but later removed the story.
In the English version of the Communist Party Mouthpiece, a follow-up article was published which removed it from the discussion.
If this is true, the experiment is deeply controversial.
In many countries, including the United States, the gene regulation of this nature is illegal and, according to Caixin, such trials are prohibited by Chinese regulators.
More than 120 Chinese scientists signed a letter denouncing his claim.
"The project has completely ignored biomedical ethics principles and has carried out experiments without proving reliable." Said.
"We can only describe these behaviors as insane."
According to South China Morning Post, the letter was published late on Monday in social media and overseas, including China's leading research universities, Beijing University and Tsinghua, as well as Stanford in the United States. signed by scientists in institutions. Singapore Science, Technology and Research Agency.