The announcement stimulated a tone of criticism of the world's scientific community, even at the researcher's own center.
China An investigation to verify the claims of a Chinese scientist who claimed that he had created the firstborn genetically modified babies in history, an act described as "madness" by a number of researchers.
Jiankui, a professor at the University of Shenzhen, in the province of Guangdong (de), published a video on YouTube on YouTube the "few weeks ago" birth of two twin girls whose DNA has been adapted to make it more resistant the fir. Aids
"We have asked the Guangdong Province health authorities to open a thorough investigation immediately to establish the facts," the National Health Commission responded on Monday, saying "this is a matter of great importance".
The announcement of Jiankui has stimulated a tone of criticism of the world's scientific community, including at the University of Science and Technology University's own researcher, which authorized itself to be "surprised deep ".
The genetics, trained at Stanford University in the United States and runs a special laboratory on the genome in Shenzhen, explains that he uses the CRISPR / Cas9 technique, the "genome scissors". It allows to remove and replace unpleasant parts of the genome, as if it were corrected in a computer.
The Lulu and Nana twins were born after the in vitro fertilization of embryos had been modified before their implantation in the mother's pest.
This self-medical medical score was not confirmed because the results of the Chinese team were not published in a scientific journal.
More than 100 Chinese scientists, mostly biologists and doctors, are worried in a "crazy" statement, which is a "big blow to global reputation and developing biomedical research in China."