World’s first gene-edited babies created in China, claims scientist
Dec. 3, 2018

In a promotional video posted on YouTube on Sunday, Chinese researcher He Jiankui revealed new details about the two babies he claims to have genetically modified as embryos using the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.In the video, He said that the twin girls—named Lulu and Nana—were born a few weeks ago after a normal pregnancy. They are now at home with their mother, a woman named Grace, and their father, Mark, a man who is HIV-positive and did not want to pass his infection to his offspring, He said.He told the Associated Press, however, that the parents did not want to be identified or interviewed. He, who studied in the U.S. before starting a lab at Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, would not tell the AP where the parents live or where the gene editing was performed.If true, the birth of gene-edited babies would be a landmark—and a deeply controversial step for science and society.