“I feel proud actually. I feel proudest … ” – He Jiankui, Scientist & Professor of the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen
Last month, He Jiankui became the centre of a global firestorm when he publicly claimed that he had created the world’s first embryos genetically edited to be resistant to HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS.
Speaking to a room packed with over 200 reporters and scientists at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong, He revealed that another pregnancy involving a genetically-modified embryo is under way.
He has not disclosed the identity of the parents involved or the name of the scientific journal to which eh allegedly submitted his work for review. There’s no independent confirmation of his claim. He said the trial had since been paused after a public outcry.
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