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Gene-edited baby trial ‘paused’ — China scientist

/ 02:39 PM November 28, 2018

HONG KONG — The Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world’s first genetically-edited babies said Wednesday the trial had been paused, following an international outcry over the highly controversial procedure.

He Jiankui told a packed Hong Kong medical conference that he had successfully altered the DNA of twin girls born to an HIV-positive father.

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A total of eight volunteer couples — HIV-positive fathers and HIV-negative mothers — had signed up to the trial, with one dropping out before it was halted.

“I must apologize this result was leaked unexpectedly,” said He.

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“The clinical trial was paused due to the current situation,” he added.  /kga

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