(ANSA) – The Chinese doctor announced the birth of two tin girls with a changed gene that I am sorry for what he did and be proud of, despite the criticisms raised. Jiankui made these statements during the International Genome Edition Summit held in Hong Kong and from where, however, the news came out that the experiment was precluded due to the debate that arose.
The scientist spoke with a crowd of more than 700 international researchers, who were the subject of "bombing" of questions. Who consulted if there are other pregnancies that are part of the study, He replied that there was another "potential", even at the early stages, but in a series of successive responses it was unclear whether there was an abortion or pregnancy progressing
I admitted that eight couples were involved in the experiment, which aimed at the "silence" of the gene producing the protein that allows access to the virus virus into the cells. The scientist said he was "proud" of the results achieved, ignoring the main objection made by the experts about the test, that is, that the Crispr technique used for the genome issue is often produce unnecessary modifications in other DNA areas.
"The volunteers – repeated the fact that the tests for the current situation have been reinforced – have been informed of the risks of possible adjustments that were not needed by the DNA, although they had decide to get the embryos that were also implanted. " During his speech He Jiankui explained different stages of the test, starting with the tests on the animals a few years ago. All data will have been sent to a published scientific journal, although not specified.
The experiment, admitted by the researcher, was carried out outside the University of South Wales Science and Technology, where he worked until February, with personal resources from himself. He published the announcement, released last Sunday with a video on YouTube, and was collected by the Mit Technology Review magazine, worldwide protests, from China itself, where more than 120 scientists have signed a letter in the experiment defined as "crazy "and the National Health Commission opened an official investigation. Also in Italy there was no shortage of critical voices, starting with the Minister of Health, Giulia Grillo.
"Science has now reached a very high level of genetics," he said in an interview with SkyTg24: "We must establish this issue as an international community and understand exactly what humanity is in what direction we want, It is clear that scientific research without brakes can do anything, even to make human beings in a test tube. "