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Chinese researchers convicted in gene-edited baby case

Dec 30, 2019 16:22 IST

Three researchers involved in the birth of genetically edited babies have been sentenced to jail for practicing medicine illegally, Chinese state media said. Lead researcher He Jiankui was sentenced to three years and fined three million yuan. Two other people were convicted.13 months ago, Jiankui led a team that claimed to have created world's first genetically edited babies, twin girls born in November 2018. The announcement sparked a major global debate over the ethics of gene editing.

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