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Experts lambaste Chinese scientist for creating gene-edited babies

ANI  |  Hong Kong [China] 

The organising committee of the second International Summit on Human Editing have called Chinese He Jiankui's claims of creating the first gene-edited twin babies as "unexpected and deeply disturbing" and "irresponsible" on Thursday.

The Chinese sent shockwaves with his claims, where he stated that he had modified the embryos of the new-born twins to create the world's first gene-edited children. He was one of the speakers at the summit on Wednesday.

The experts further called for an independent assessment to verify He's claims. "We recommend an independent assessment to verify this claim and to ascertain whether the claimed DNA modifications have occurred," David Baltimore, the committee's stated at the conference while reading out a statement regarding the incident.

The committee further mentioned that the editing of the was "irresponsible and failed to conform with international norms".

The experts pointed out that inadequate medical indication, poorly designed study protocol, a failure to protect the welfare of the subjects and a lack of transparency amongst other things in the statement, according to the Morning Post.

Meanwhile, scientists have claimed that modification will affect the human pool adversely.

"By doing this, He (the scientist) is changing the human gene pool, we may not be able to see the impact of this until several generations later," the of Chinese University's Department of Chemical Pathology, Dennis Lo Yuk-ming said.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 15:25 IST