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China orders halt to baby gene-editing activities: state TV

AFP  |  Beijing 

China's science ministry has ordered that people involved in the controversial baby gene-editing experiment halt their activities, a told Thursday.

The ministry "firmly opposes the baby gene-editing incident and has already demanded that the relevant organisation suspend the scientific activities of relevant personnel," a said, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The experiment, which was led by Chinese He Jiankui, claims to have altered the DNA of twin girls born a few weeks ago to prevent them from contracting HIV.

The is investigating the claims.

The experiment "seriously violates" China's laws, regulations, and ethical standards if it indeed occurred as reported by media," said Zeng Yixin, of the National Health Commission, in an interview with CCTV published on its website Thursday.

He's experiment has also prompted criticism from the international and domestic scientific community, with some denouncing it as premature and dangerous.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 18:45 IST