Investigation Confirms Birth of Gene Edited Twins

An investigation into the recent gene edited twins has confirmed their birth according to Xinhua news agency. He Jiankui announced the twins birth in November and Chinese authorities announced an investigation into the claim.

Investigators told Xinhua news agency that a preliminary investigation concluded that Jiankui “organised a project team that included foreign staff, which intentionally avoided surveillance and used technology of uncertain safety and effectiveness to perform human embryo gene-editing activity with the purpose of reproduction, which is officially banned in the country.”

Between March 2017 and November 2018, eight couples were recruited to participate in the experiment. Two pregnancies resulted, one mother gave birth to twins and another woman is still carrying a gene edited fetus.

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology ordered research institutes to suspend any ongoing projects connected with Jiankui. The government has said it will keep the twins under observation. Investigators said that He Jiankui and the team who worked on the experiments would be punished.

 

 

Photo: “Chinese biomedical researcher Dr. Jiankui He” by The He Lab is licensed under CC BY 3.0