China orders investigation into "gene-edited babies"

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Added On November 29, 2018

 China's National Health Commission (NHC) has ordered an immediate investigation and verification into the case of two babies that are claimed to be genetically edited.

 
NHC published the order in a statement on its website.
 
The NHC said that the health authority of Guangdong province must handle the case in accordance with the law and regulations based on the principle of being responsible for people's health and for science, and publicize the results for the public in a timely manner.
   
A Chinese researcher in Shenzhen, Guangdong, claims that the world's first genetically edited babies were born earlier in November.
 
A gene of the babies, called CCR5, was eliminated to render them resistant from future infection to the AIDS virus.
 
The birth of the genetically-edited babies has sparked a huge wave of controversy among the academic society. 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): ZHANG FENG, Biochemical Expert 
"I think gene-editing technology needs further development and perfecting. I do not think now is the right time to practice the technology on the human embryo."
 
Zhang also warned about the possible risks of doing gene-editing on humans.