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Chinese Researcher Proposed New Study on Modifying Human Genes

Chinese scientist He Jiankui (贺建奎) might rile the ethics of medical practitioners for the second time.

He shocked the world when he created the first gene-edited babies in 2017 and the Chinese government boasted that he was the “new giant in the world of genetics.” However, the international community heavily criticized him for violating medical ethics. The Chinese government turned around and put him in prison for three years.

On June 29 this year, He tweeted about a new proposal for gene editing in human embryos and claimed that this research was to prevent the Alzheimer’s disease. The document he attached to the tweet said the study would first genetically edit mouse embryos and later human fertilized egg cells or fertilized eggs.

His new proposal has once again raised concerns among scientists and medical ethicists worldwide.

Source: Epoch Times, July 3, 2023