The University of Rice has launched an investigation to one of the teachers after the reports faced it had linked to alleged genetic editing in China which led to the birth of two babies with DNA change.
They published the investigation on Monday as a result of reports that Dr. Michael Deem, a biochemical and genetic engineering teacher, involved a case where genetics were edited on human embryos to change gene in a way that could resist HIV .
The university said he did not have "no information about this work" and that the work was not done in the United States, in its knowledge, where genetics of human embryos are illegal.
"No matter where it was carried out, this works as described in press reports, cutting scientific behavior guidelines and inconsistent with the ethical norms of the scientific community and Rice University," he said. University in a statement. "We have started a full investigation into Dr. Deem's involvement in this research."
He said he was in China when the participants agreed to be genetic, and said they understood the risks, according to the Associated Press. He added that the comparison of genes to vaccination "could be a full way of describing", according to the AP.
Debate turns around the claims from Chinese teacher He Jiankui that he has been successful in changing DNA double female laboratory embryos, changing specifically a gene to prevent HIV infection.
The research has not yet been confirmed independently, and has not published in a peer-reviewed journal, which is a standard protocol for medical developments of & # 39 kind.
Jiankui's work is being researched by his own school, the University of China's Science and Technology in Shenzhen, according to The Associated Press.
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