A Chinese scientist claiming that he helped make the world’s first redirected children said Wednesday that a second pregnancy is being triggered by increased concern from leading researchers who question the ethics of the experiment.
Han Jiankui from Shenzhen spoke at the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong where his experiment was called “irresponsible.” The work is very controversial, as the changes can be hereditary and harm other genes. It is forbidden in some countries, including the United States.
He said that his goal was not to cure or prevent hereditary disease without trying to donate a move that few people naturally have – an ability to withstand any future infection with the HIV, AIDS virus.
So far, he has argued that he helped create twin girls whose DNA he said he changed to make them resistant to possible future infection with the AIDS virus.
It’s too early to tell you about the other. The potential pregnancy will be because he said it must be carefully monitored because it is at a very early stage.
Han Jiankui, who goes “JK,” studied at Rice and Stanford University in the US before returning to his native country to open a laboratory at the Southern University of Science and Technology in China, Shenzhen, where he also has two genetics companies.
Associated Press contributed to this report.