The process a designing stop sign video: Meet the Chinese Researcher Behind the ‘World’s First Designer Babies’

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He, 34 and a father of two girls, studied at Stanford University and Rice University before returning to China, where he runs two genetics companies and a lab at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen. His recent work broke from scientific protocol and ethical norms, both in method and delivery. The research wasn’t published in a peer-reviewed journal, so his claims that the editing was successful (and that no other genes were harmed) remain unverified. Unconventionally, he made the announcement at an international gene editing conference and in interviews with the Associated Press. Expanding on his motivations in a YouTube video, He spoke about discrimination that HIV-positive people still face in China and many developing countries. “Gene surgery is and should remain a technology for healing,” He says in the video, in English with lab equipment arrayed behind him. “I understand that my work will be controversial, but I believe families need this technology, and I’m willing to take the criticism for them.”

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