A Chinese scientist claimed to have modified the DNA of some human embryos to immunize the unborn against HIV, and this month the first genetically modified twins were born
An announcement that leaves the whole scientific community and other things astonishing. He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen (China) announced to the world that he had worked on the conception and birth of the first genetically modified children: it would be a pair of Chinese twins, born at the beginning of November. The news was released by the Mit Technology Review, which was followed by the exclusive interview with the Associated Press agency, in which He explained how thanks to the genomic editing technique Crispr has tried in practice - succeeding, according to him - of immunize future humans from HIV infection, the AIDS virus, by deactivating a gene. He assumed the responsibility of what many do not hesitate to define a human experimentation with unpredictable implications, both from a biological and an ethical point of view.Experimentation
With the support of US professor of physics and bioengineering Michael Deem, He and his research team have launched a trial for the creation of what is officially called a vaccine against HIV at Home Women's and Children's Hospital in Shenzhen.