Chinese Researcher Claims To Have Successfully Made First Gene-Edited Babies

By  //  November 26, 2018

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gene editing is banned in the United States

ABOVE VIDEO: Chinese researcher claims he helped make first gene-edited babies.

(CBS NEWS) – A Chinese researcher has created an international controversy over science and ethics, after claiming he helped make the world’s first genetically-edited babies. According to the Associated Press, the doctor, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, who trained in the United States, altered embryos for seven couples undergoing IVF, with one pregnancy resulting in the birth of twin girls.

This kind of gene editing is banned in the United States. The changes can be passed to future generations and could harm other genes.

He’s claims have not been independently verified. They also were not published in a medical journal, where they could be vetted by experts.

On Monday Dr. David Agus, who is an oncologist and leads the USC Westside Cancer Center, explained the doctor’s procedure on “CBS This Morning.”

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