The scientist Chinese is Jiankui He said on Monday it had in vitro fertilization with & # 39; genetically modified giving rise to twins resistant to the AIDS virus, notice that led to his suspension from the university where he works and ethical criticism for acts deemed " dangerous "and" irresponsible ".
The researcher, trained in & # 39; Standford in the United States and conduct specialized laboratory in the genome in & # 39; Washington, explained that he used the technique Crispr-Cas9, Called "genetic scissors", which allows to remove and replace the unwanted parts of the genome, because the damage is corrected in & # 39; computer.
The baby, called "Lula" and "Nana", born from in vitro fertilization & # 39; modified embryo before being implanted in the mother's womb.
A genetically modified DNA it can & # 39; serves to prevent diseases, but this practice is problematic because the genetic modifications will be inherited by the new generations.
the – Southern University of Science and Technology (Sust) from the University & # 39; Shenzhen has already announced that it has suspended it Jiankui and will investigate if – its experiment was anti – ethical rules and academic, according to – Review of MIT Technology.
The university reported that He stopped receiving his salary from February and found that fertilization with & # 39; modified genes represented a "violation of the ethical criteria of the academy and its rules".
The announcement & # 39; this medical experiment took place on the eve of the start of & # 39; conference & # 39; & # 39 worldwide experts; genomes f & # 39; Hong Kong during the Chinese researcher will present its findings in detail.
However, after receiving criticism, his speech at & # 39; this congress of genetics is not guaranteed.
This self-proclaimed medical experiment was verified by & # 39; independently. The Chinese team did not publish his results in & # 39; scientific journal.
Experiment "very problematic"
After the announcement, many Chinese scientists and institutions have criticized this experiment. Percent & # 39; his Chinese colleagues published a joint declaration criticizing the experiment and requested that the legislation be modified in vitro fertilization.
In addition, international researchers criticized that announcement was made by & # 39; Video on YouTube
"The announcement of & # 39; these results in & # 39; a video on YouTube is very problematic scientific practice", thought Nicholas Evans, professor of philosophy at the University & # 39; Lowell Massachusetts, in the United States, working on issues bijoetiċi.
"This move away from processes & # 39; control which large numbers of & # 39; resting scientific advances, such as peer assessment, 'he tells AFP.
If you announce or not, the – issue raised "serious ethical concerns", says University & # 39; Edinburgh, Cited by the Science Media Center.
"The such requests, apparently to seek maximum deliberately & # 39; controversies (…), are irresponsible", he added.
Jiankui He did not respond immediately to questions from AFP.
With information & # 39; AFP