A Chinese scientist who claimed he helped to make the world's first genetically modified babies missing, told a report on…
A Chinese scientist who claimed he helped to make the world’s first genetically modified babies missing, told a report on Monday.
Han Jiankui from Shenzhen, China, featured in Hong Kong last week on his controversial experiment and no-one seems to know his place of stay, South China Morning Post reported.
The Shenzhen-based Southern University of Science and Technology dismissed claims that he has been detained, reported the report. A spokesman refused to immerse himself in the matter and said: “We can not answer any questions about the matter right now,” Morning Post reported.
The spokeswoman said the school will keep the media up to date.
He claimed he changed the DNA of the twins Lulu and Nana to try to make them resistant to infection with the AIDS virus.
The statement has not been backed up in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and there is no independent confirmation. Chief researchers have condemned the experiment, and universities and government groups are investigating.
A group of leading researchers gathered at the International Conference on Human Genome Editing last week, where he made his claims.
Although science promises to help those who are already born, scientists said it is irresponsible to try eggs, sperm or embryos because there is not enough risk or security.
Talk to AP, the researcher said he felt strong responsibility that it is not just a first thing but also an example, “adds that” society will decide what to do next “if it comes to be allowed or forbidden.
It is “insensitive … an experiment on people who are not moral or ethically justified,” says Dr. Kiran Musunuru, a university of Pennsylvania genetic engineering expert and editor of a genetic journal.
Han has said that a second pregnancy can b
Last week, he wrote a video to YouTube to discuss the allegation and its consequences.
Fox News Chris Ciaccia and Associated Press contributed to this report. 1