Hong Kong The Chinese scientist, who is an ethical storm, goes beyond what he claims to be the world's first genetically modified children on Wednesday said he was proud of his work and discovered that a new volunteer was standing as part of the study. He received Jiangxi, a associate professor at the University of Science and Technology in the South University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, attended by the 700th Human Genome Editorial Summit at the University of Hong Kong.
"In this case, I feel proud, I feel proud," he said, when it was challenged by several participants in the conference.
"This study is presented in a scientific journal for review," he said. He does not change the magazine and said his university was not aware of his research.
He, who said that his work was self-financed, expressed concern about the fact that the study was carried out secretly, explaining that he had engaged in scientific circles over the last three years.
On the video this week, he said he used gene-enhancement technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to change the embryonic genes of girls born this month.
He said that genetic editing would help protect girls from infecting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
But scientists and the Chinese government have condemned the work that he said he had taken, and the hospital associated with his study claimed that its ethical confirmation was fake.
Moderator of the conference, Robin Lovell-Biede, said that the organizers of the summit did not know about the story until it was released this week.
CRISPR-Cas9 is a technology that enables scientists to essentially cut out and paste DNA, increasing the hope of genetic remedy for the disease. However, there are safety and ethical concerns.
The Chinese association Cell Biology on Tuesday strongly condemned the use of any gene for human embryos for reproductive purposes and said it was in contradiction with Chinese law and medical ethics.
More than 100 scientists, most of China, said in an open letter Tuesday that using CRISPR-Cas9 technology to edit human embryonic genes was dangerous and unwarranted. "The Pandora's box is open," they said.
His research focuses on genomic sequencing technology, bioinformatics and genome editing, according to his biography Summit site.
He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Stefan Quake Laboratory at Stanford University.
He, who said he was against gene improvement, said that eight pairs were originally included in his study, but one skipped. The criteria required the father to be HIV positive and the mother to be HIV negative.
David Baltimore, Emmeritus President; Robert Andrews Millikan, Professor of Biology, spoke in response to his speech saying that it was irresponsible that it continued until safety issues were correct.
"I do not think this has been a transparent process. I just learned about it after it happened and the children were born," he said.
He told Jiankai that his results could be used for millions with specific illnesses. He said he would monitor two newborns for the next 18 years and hopes that they will continue to support further monitoring.
Shenzhen Harmonicare Medical Holdings Limited, the media reported as involved in its project, sought to move away, indicating that the hospital had never participated in any operation involving gene-modified infants and no related delivery.
A statement released on Tuesday in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange stated that the Prime Ministers indicated that the signatures of the application form distributed on the Internet were "suspected to be fake and there was no proper meeting of the hospital's medical ethics committee with the fact that it was happening."