Remember the Chinese scientist who shocked the entire world and sent panic among the medical research fraternity by creating the world’s first genetically engineered babies? We featured the story here.
Well the scientist, He Jiankui is now under a house arrest. Jiankui is a researcher at the Southern University of Science and Technology on top of being an entrepreneur. He has two biotech startups in China under his name.
Jiankui made headlines across the world with the claims he made of having used CRISPR to eliminate the gene that plays a role in enabling the HIV virus to infect a cell. He did these on two twin girls that were born in November.
The science communities from across the world almost immediately condemned Jiankui for using such technology on human embryos. The government of China also moved in and shut down his research almost immediately.
It is also now being reported that both Jiankui and his family are in some kind of house arrest. With Jiankui being held at a dorm at the Shenzhen University. Apparently, there are some armed guards who have him confined at …read more