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More than 100 scientists in China say the gene editing child "Var & # 39; yat"



In an open letter circulated on the network, the researchers said that the use of CRISPR-cas9 technology edit human embryos genes was risky, unjustified and detrimental to the reputation and development of biomedicine in China.

Shanghai – More than 100 scientists, most of them in China, have been condemned as "Var & # 39; yat" and unethical to change human genes after geneticist claimed that he changed genes twin girls, to create the first edited babies gene.

In an open letter circulated on the network, the researchers said that the use of CRISPR-cas9 technology edit human embryos genes was risky, unjustified and detrimental to the reputation and development of biomedicine in China.

In the video, located on the Internet, scholar Jiankui He defended what he claimed to have been reached, saying that he had fulfilled the embryonic gene editing, to help protect the child born in this month from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

"Overview of biomedical ethics for this so-called research, there is only a name. Conducting direct human experiments can only be described as the Var & # 39; yaty ", say researchers in a letter, a copy of which was posted on a Chinese website news paper.

"Pandora's Box has been opened. We could still have a glimmer of hope to close it before it's too late, "said that about 120 scientists in Chinese letters.

Yang Zhengang, professor of Fudan University, told Reuters he signed the letter because editing the gene was "very dangerous".

Anyone who is due to speak at the summit of the editing of the human genome at the University of Hong Kong on Wednesday, did not respond to Reuters request for comment.

South University of Science and Technology, where he holds a senior lecturer, said he was not aware of the research project, and that he was on leave without pay from February.

The National Commission of Health of China said Monday he was "very concerned" and ordered the provincial health authorities to "immediately investigate and clarify the matter."

Medical Ethics Committee of the Government in the city of Shenzhen, in southern China, said that the investigation into this matter, as it was the Guangdong Provincial Commission for Health, according to the Southern Metropolis Daily, sockets state media.

CRISPR-cas9 is a technology that allows scientists to significantly reduce and insert DNA, increasing the hope of genetic fixes for disease. However, there are also concerns about the safety and ethics.

Committee to organize a conference in Hong Kong, where he is due to speak – the Second International Summit on locality Editing Genome – said in a statement on Monday he had just said about his work on genes twin girls.

"Our goal is to ensure that the human genome editing research pursued responsibly," the committee said.


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