BEIJING • China announced that it suspended the work of scientists claiming to have created the first genetically modified babies in the world, adding that his behavior seemed unethical and violated the Chinese law.
Dr. He Jiankui, announced on Monday he was using Crisprin genetic engineering to change babies' babies whose father was HIV positive to prevent them from contracting the virus. The girls were born last month.
Dr. Xu Nanping, vice president of science and technology government in China, said his work was still being explored. But, according to the news reports, he said, Dr. "He violated China's relevant laws and regulations" and broke "the bottom line of ethics and ethics that the academic community adheres to," China Central Television reported on Thursday,
"It's shocking and unacceptable," Dr. Xu said. "We resolutely opposed."
The suspension follows the international condemnation of scientists who claim that Dr.'s behavior was unethical. They say there are serious unanswered questions about the safety of embryo editing and the need for such research to be carried out in a transparent and supervised way so that technology does not abuse it.
Dr. Xu said earlier that Chinese regulations issued in 2003 allowed experimentation of genitalia on embryos for research purposes, but only if they remained in force for not more than 14 days.
It's shocking and unacceptable. We resolutely opposed.
DR XU NANPING, Vice President of Science and Technology in China.
The Chinese National Committee for Health ordered an investigation of the experiment Dr. Hea.
On Monday, a group of 122 Chinese scientists issued a statement stating Dr. Heavy acts "crazy" and his claims "a huge blow to global reputation and the development of Chinese science."
At an international conference on Wednesday, Dr. He emphasized that he was proud of what he did.
He admitted that he did not do the university in China aware of the research he was doing. He said he initially paid for the investigation, and then later on from his university funding.
Dr. He also rejected the proposal that he was secretly about his work, saying he presented the preliminary aspects at conferences and consulted with scientists in the US and elsewhere.
He added that his research was submitted to a scientific journal for review and he did not expect him to present it at a conference.
The head of the Chinese Assistance Support Group yesterday expressed great regret for assisting Dr Pilot Participants in the experiment.
The founder of China League Baihual (BHL), who calls himself "Bai Hua", allegedly introduced 50 families Dr. Heovu team.
"I admit that I really regret this incident, and I am also very concerned about these families and children," wrote Mr. Bai on BHL's blog.
Public objection to the experiment has drawn attention to the growing HIV / AIDS epidemic in China, which has been drastically increasing in recent years.
NYTIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE