A third CRISPR baby may have already been born in China

Another genetically edited baby is due, but the world may never learn of its birth if the Chinese government decides to keep it a secret.


The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last November, was meant to debate the pros and cons of genetically engineering humans. Instead, the proceedings were turned upside down by the revelation that He Jiankui, a Chinese biophysicist, had already done it. He’d gone ahead and edited the DNA of twin girls with the powerful gene modification tool called CRISPR.



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