After his release from prison, the creator of the first genetically modified babies reconnects with science: “I got to work too quickly”

After his release from prison, the creator of the first genetically modified babies reconnects with science: “I got to work too quickly”

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In November 2018, this 38-year-old biophysicist, educated in China and the United States, revealed the birth of twin girls whose genomes had been manipulated. Pineapple – stock.adobe.com

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – Without evidence, Chinese man He Jiankui certifies that he will cure a rare disease within three years. For this he is looking for financing from large fortunes. The scientific community compares him to Nazi scientists and fears his return.

By Nuno Dominguez (El País)

He Jiankui, the scientist who gave birth to the first genetically engineered babies in one of history’s most delusional and dangerous experiments, has been released. He now wants to reconnect with science to cure genetic diseases in children and adults. He confirmed these words to El País in emails because he refuses to give personal interviews. For most of the international experts consulted by this newspaper, including a Nobel laureate, this return arouses deep anxiety. According to Kiran Musunuru, a gene editing specialist, his actions are “as serious as the war crimes committed by Nazi doctors during World War II.”

In November 2018, this 38-year-old biophysicist, educated in China and the United States, revealed the birth of twin boys, nicknamed Lulu and Nana. They were the first people to have their genomes edited for…

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