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Chinese researcher jailed over gene-edited babies

He Jiankui sentenced to three years and fined 3 million yuan, according to state media

Chinese researcher He Jiankui has been sentenced to three years in prison for carrying out human embryo gene-editing, according to state news.

He, a former associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, claimed in November 2018 to have edited the genomes of twin girls using the Crispr-Cas9 genome editing technique to try to make them resistant to HIV. The move was strongly criticised by scientists around the globe, and triggered concern about the oversight of scientists in China working in the nascent area of human gene editing.

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