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    Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies
    A daring effort is under way to create the first children whose DNA has been tailored using gene editing.
    by Antonio Regalado November 25, 2018

    When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present.

    It was the invention of a powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR, which is cheap and easy to deploy, that made the birth of humans genetically modified in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) center a theoretical possibility.

    Now, it appears it may already be happening...

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    China Scientist’s Claim on World’s First Gene-Edited Babies Sparks Denials
    Bloomberg News
    November 26 2018, 6:47 AM
    November 26 2018, 11:30 AM

    (Bloomberg) -- A Chinese researcher claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies, crossing an ethical frontier and prompting a backlash from other scientists.

    He Jiankui, a researcher in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, said he altered the genes of a pair of twin girls born this month while they were embryos to make the babies resistant to the virus that causes AIDS, the Associated Press reported. He was not available to comment, his spokesman said.

    The report prompted several institutions supposedly linked to the procedure to distance themselves. He’s claim, if confirmed, would force the field to grapple with concerns about the ramifications of the technology and what price the babies -- and their descendants -- might pay in terms of unexpected consequences...