The Chinese scientist Jianqu defended the effectiveness of his experiment on Wednesday, claiming to have created the world's first genetically modified baby to be resistant to certain diseases, such as HIV.
"The research has yielded effective results and has been submitted for consideration by the scientific community"He said when he joined the Hong Kong University's second edition of the Human Genome.
In my speech I am it acknowledged that no official body had confirmed his experiment– argued that the twins were probably genetically edited, Lulu and Nana, "they were born healthy and happy"thanks to in vitro fertilization with genetic modification technology " will not allow them to become infected with HIV ".
I justified the use of the CRISPR / Cas9 gene-edit technique and stressed that the purpose of the experiment was not to eliminate genetic diseases ", but no "Give girls the natural ability to resist potential HIV infection in the future".
"These people need help and we have technology"He said and noted that parents were informed about the risks involved in the experiment and showed their consent.
"Although HIV therapy has been progressing, many countries, especially in the least developed countries, are still having a problem with new infections," he added.
He pointed out that he had experimented with seven pairs and one of them was infected with HIV "There is more probable pregnancy" between them.
Also a scientist thanked the South Korean University of Science and Technology from the city of Shenzhen, with which he worked, "Although they did not know," he did.
Last Monday the university said it would investigate the scientist to determine if your experience has violated laws or regulations.
The university claimed to feel it "deeply shocked about the case"who qualified as "serious breach of ethical and academic standards".
In the same day more than 120 academics from the Chinese scientific community, mentioned in a statement issued in 2006 Sina Weibo, chinese equivalent to twitter who "any attempt" to change human embryos with genetic changes is "crazy" and what to give the light for these children poses a "high risk".
Worldwide magazine Nature He joined the debate and writes he says that statement has caused "outrage" between the international scientific community and, if true, "would mean a significant leap for the use of human genome modification".