Scientist claiming gene-edited babies reports possible 2nd pregnancy

Dr He Jiankui speaking at a biomedical conference yesterday said the twin girls had their DNA altered to prevent them from contracting HIV

When asked if he had thought about how the procedure would affect the girls in their dynamics with family, friends and romantic partners throughout their lives, he said: "I don't know how to answer this question".

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"I feel proud", he said of the birth of the twins, who he said were born normal and healthy. Other scientists pointed to now available prophylactic treatments and antiretroviral drugs that can be effective in preventing HIV transmission and infection, saying the procedure was unnecessary.

The Guangdong province Health Commission announced on its website on Wednesday that it and Shenzhen city had set up a joint team to investigate the case.

Dr. Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of the gene-editing tool that He allegedly used, told ABC News the scientific community is "struggling to understand" his claims.

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'They need this protection since a vaccine is not available, ' he said.

Last September, scientists at Sun Yat-sen University used an adapted version of gene-editing to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos.

Professor He said there had been "another potential pregnancy" involving a second couple, but it is unclear whether that pregnancy is still ongoing.

However, he added, "I must apologise this result was leaked unexpectedly", He also said of the apparent breakthrough "The clinical trial was paused due to the current situation".

But scientists and the Chinese government have denounced the supposed finding, and a hospital linked to the research suggested its ethical approval had been forged.

Eight volunteer couples - HIV-positive fathers and HIV-negative mothers - signed up to the trial, with one dropping out before it was put on hold.

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The Southern University of Science and Technology distanced itself from Dr He, saying he has been on unpaid leave since February and had "seriously violated academic ethics". He was also evasive about other details, including the names of "some experts" he said had reviewed his work and offered feedback.

But He's research has raised serious ethical questions around the transparency of gene editing and sparked calls for a globally binding code of conduct.

Irresponsible: After his presentation, He was quizzed by audience members about his work. Plus, lacking CCR5 also makes people more vulnerable to severe reactions or even death from other viruses, potentially including the flu, which is far more common than HIV, Musunuru says.

Summit organisers said germline genome editing could become "acceptable" in future if rigorous criteria are met, including "strict independent oversight". "We only found out about it after it happened, and after the children were born", Baltimore said on stage.

Nobel laureate David Baltimore said that proceeding with germ-line editing in this way was "irresponsible" and criticized He for not being more open.

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