With Alexandra Harney
The organizers of the conference, in which a Chinese scientist claimed to have edited the twin genes of children, condemned the work on Thursday, calling it "very disturbing" and "irresponsible".
"Even if the changes are being tested, the procedure was irresponsible and not in line with international norms," the e-mail and online statement issued by the organizing committee for the Second International Human Genome Transformation Summit held in Hong Kong this week.
The announcement called for an independent assessment by Chinese scientist He Jianquai on Wednesday's request that he used gene-enhancement technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to change the embryonic genes of girls born this month.
An unpublished statement led to international protests against the ethics and security of such studies.
(Graphic: Genetic Editing – https://tmsnrt.rs/2ReKG1R)
Chinese scientists have condemned this work. The University of Southern Science and Technology, where he retired from associate professorship, has announced an investigation.
The Guangdong Provincial Health Commission announced on its website on Wednesday that the city has set up a team case for investigation. He submits to the Chinese clinical trial database, points out that the hospital carried out an ethical review of the project, but the participating hospital denied that its Ethics Review Committee had met to discuss work.
He said after his presentation on Wednesday he was proud of what he had done.
The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) presidents and the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM) also expressed concern over His work. Their statement was sent on Thursday, but it was dated Tuesday.
"The events of this week in Hong Kong clearly show the need for more specific standards and principles that can be agreed upon by the international scientific community," writes NAS President Marcia McNutt and President of the NAM, Victor Jau.
(Alexandra Harney's Reports: Paul Tait Editing)