It has been claimed by the Chinese government on Thursday, that the work of a research team who’d produced the world’s first gene-edited babies is illegal and has been halted. An investigation has led to the research that witnessed to the birth of twin girls earlier this month, which was said by the Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Xu Nanping told the state broadcaster CCTV and it was reported by the Associated Press.
At one point of time, the DNAs of the twins have been altered to try to make them resistant to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS virus. According to some sources, the research has crossed all the lines of morality and ethics adhered to by the academic community and was shocking and unacceptable.
There has been an extensive disapproval of the unproven claim by He Jiankuin, who had appeared at the International conference on gene editing in Hong Kong. The 14 leaders of the conference said that it is reckless to try gene editing on eggs, sperm or embryos, except in lab research because not enough of it is known about it yet, which basically directs to its risks and safety. All these conference leaders also called for an independent confirmation of He’s claim. The reporters of the AP reported the statement of He Jiankuin, which said “I will not be able to speak at the conference on Thursday, as I am back at my home country, China. But I will completely cooperate with all the inquiries about my work and the raw data that I have made will be able for third-party review”.