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The Chinese authorities have banned the experiment to change the human genome after the birth of the first people with altered DNA

The author of the experiment did not provide any evidence.

He Jiankui. AP Photo

The Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China ordered the termination of the work of the team of scientists He Jiangkui. Thanks to her, the first people allegedly appeared with altered DNA. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China Xu Nanping (Xu Nanping) on ​​the state television channel CCTV.

Nanping called the researcher’s actions illegal and unacceptable, and also noted that his ministry opposes such experiments. The authorities began an investigation into the activities of Jiankui and his team. Editing the genome of human embryos in China is not banned, but previously no one allowed them to come into the world.

On November 26, Jiankui told the Associated Press that he had conducted a successful experiment on changing human DNA, which resulted in the appearance of the first people with an edited genome. The scientist claimed that he vaccinated two girls of HIV immunity, but did not provide independent evidence.

In addition, the hospital, in which the researcher claimed that children were born, denied any involvement in the experiment. Also, Jiangkui was disowned at the South University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen. They reported that the scientist from February 2018 was on unpaid leave. Hundreds of Chinese researchers also criticized Jiankui’s work, calling it unethical and comparing it with “Pandora’s Box”.

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