(ANSA) – A Chinese doctor who reported the birth of two girls with another gene, said he was not sorry for what he had done and that he was proud of it despite criticism. He made these statements during the International Human Genome Summit held in Hong Kong, and from where it came to the news that the experiment was suspended because of the disputes that had arisen.
The scientist spoke with a crowd of more than 700 international researchers who have subjected him to "bombard" questions. Who consulted if another pregnancy is part of the study responded that there is still another "potential", even in the early stages, but in a number of subsequent responses it was not clear whether abortion or pregnancy was taking place
I admitted there were eight pairs in the experiment, which were meant to "silence" a gene that produces a protein that allows the virus to enter the cells. The scientist has said he is "proud" of the results, ignoring the main objection that experts have made to the test, that the Crisp technology used for genome release often creates undesirable modifications in other DNA domains.
"Volunteers who confirmed that they stopped testing the" current situation "were informed of the risks of possible modifications that the DNA did not ask for, even though they decided that the embryos would be implanted as well." During his speech, Jiankui explained the various stages of the test, starting with animal tests several years ago. All data will be sent to the scientific journal for publication, although not specified.
The experiment, admitted the researcher, was conducted outside the Southern University of Science and Technology, where he worked until February, with personal resources apart. The announcement, released last Sunday with a video on YouTube and received by Mit Technology Review magazine, has prompted protests around the world, from China itself, where more than 120 scientists signed a letter describing the experiment as "mad" and the National Health Commission opened an official investigation. There was also no lack of critical votes in Italy, starting with Health Minister Giulio Grillo.
"Science has now reached a very high level in the field of genetics," SkyTg24 said in an interview: "We have to create this issue as an international community and understand exactly how humanity is going to go in because it is clear that scientific research without brakes can do anything, even make human beings in a tube. "