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Genetically edited babies might die young

In 2018, He Jiankui, a Chinese scientist, claimed to have created the world's first gene-edited babies. He modified the DNA of human embryos during in vitro fertilization by disabling a gene called CCR5, which could potentially make the babies resistant to infection with HIV.  The babies, twin girls known as Lulu and Nana, were born in 2018, and a third baby with an edited CCR5 gene is due to be born in 2019. He's team received major backlash from the highly controversial move, as while the technology to genetically edit human babies has existed for some time, ethical considerations had stopped researchers from tinkering with the human germline.  Read more....



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