>> This Chinese scientist says, he edited human genes. And now, the government has temporarily banned him from carrying out his work. The controversial project created an ethical storm and international outcry. The decision comes after He Jiankui claims he edited the genes of twin babies this month in a world first.
He said gene editing would help protect the girls from infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. And that there's one other gene edited baby on the way. The scientists statements at a conference on Hong Kong on Wednesday are unverified. Event organizers on Thursday condemned the work and said, it was deeply disturbing and irresponsible.
While a hospital in Shenzhen linked to his research, suggested its ethical approval had been forged. The incident also sparked the president of the US National Academy of Medicine to call for more specific standards and principles that the international scientific community can agree on. Hertz says eight couples were initially enrolled for his study, while one dropped out.
He claims his results could be used for millions of people with inherent diseases and says, he'll monitor the twins for the next 18 years.