Science Summit Denounces Gene-Edited Babies Claim, But Rejects Moratorium

Pictured: American biologist & Nobel laureate in medicine David Baltimore criticized a fellow scientist, physicist He Jiankui, who claims he has edited the genes human embryos during the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong.

Excerpt: “[Dr. He’s] claims that he created the world's first gene-edited babies is a "deeply disturbing" and "irresponsible" violation of international scientific norms, according to a formal conclusion issued Thursday by organizers of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong. But the summit rejected calls for a blanket moratorium on such research, saying that the work could eventually lead to new ways to prevent a long list of serious genetic diseases.” (NPR’s All Things Considered with Rob Stein)

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