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Author Topic: Chinese Scientist Sentenced to Prison for Gene-Editing Human Embryos  (Read 1561 times)

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Offline Jim Allen

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Sounds like a pretty heavy punishment, that said what the scientist did was no small ticket item either.

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The Chinese scientist who genetically modified human embryos so that a pair of twins would be born resistant to HIV was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan ($430,000), reports CNN. The Chinese court ruled that scientist He Jiankui, PhD, had crossed ethical lines and committed illegal medical practices.

He used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to edit the genes of human embryos. Specifically, he altered the CCR5 gene, which affects the coreceptor on immune cells to which HIV attaches. (For background, see the April 2019 POZ article “Chinese Scientists Lambaste Countryman’s Editing of Human Embryos.”)

The twin girls were born in 2018. At the time, He seemed proud of his accomplishment, claiming it was necessary to protect the girls because their father was living with HIV. His announcement of their birth shocked and outraged the world. It also led to legal troubles in China.

This week, the Shenzhen Nanshan District People’s Court sentenced He to three years in prison and a fine. The two researchers He worked with received lesser prison terms as well as fines
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Re: Chinese Scientist Sentenced to Prison for Gene-Editing Human Embryos
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 03:23:55 am »


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