In DepthReproductive Medicine

China delivers verdict on gene editing of babies

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Science  10 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6474, pp. 130
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6474.130

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When China sentenced biophysicist He Jiankui and two colleagues to fines and prison time last month, it may have hoped to close the door on a national embarrassment: He's announcement in late 2018 that he had created gene-edited babies, a claim that drew widespread condemnation. But after the state news agency Xinhua revealed on 30 December 2019 that a Shenzhen court had found He and two embryologists he collaborated with guilty of "illegal medical practices," many scientists and ethicists were far from satisfied. They debated the merits of the punishment and criticized the opaque Chinese legal process and the lack of information about the altered children.

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