m3n4.net April 21, 2019

'Gene-edited babies': China halts work of He Jiankui

30 November 2018, 01:28 | Louis Holland

As germline edits the new traits could be passed on to offspring

As germline edits the new traits could be passed on to offspring

The scientists gathered in Hong Kong this week for an global conference on gene editing, the ability to rewrite the code of life to try to correct or prevent disease.

Conference leaders called for an independent investigation of the claim by Mr He, of Shenzhen, who spoke to the group on Wednesday as worldwide criticism of his claim mounted.

Globally speaking, the field is so new and cutting edge that experts simply don't know the full impact and risk involved for a gene edited embryo as it develops into adulthood, and how changed DNA might pass into future generations.

Gene-editing of this nature is illegal in many countries including the United States and according to Caixin, such experimentation is also banned by a Chinese regulators.

Jiankui said on Monday that the twin sisters he created, named Lulu and Nana, would be resistant to HIV as the embryos were modified with advanced gene-editing tools.

Bitcoin Price Claws Back to $4,500 But Further Losses May Lie Ahead
It seems the trend turned bearish for almost every cryptocurrency , except for USD Coin, QASH and Dai showing minor increase. The CEO also predicted that the as long as the uncertainty continues, bitcoin price is likely to fall further.

In a video posted on YouTube, university professor He said that the twin girls, born a few weeks ago, had had their DNA altered to prevent them from contracting HIV.

He has said a second pregnancy may be underway. According to Mazhar Adli, a researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine: "Deleting a single gene may not only alter how other genes are going to function but also may alter the overall behavior of the cell and the phenotype of [the] organism".

"I haven't seen any of the research and I don't know what he is planning to claim", Baltimore said.

Nobel prize-winning geneticist David Baltimore, who is taking part in the conference, described He's work as a failure of self-regulation among scientists.

He, who said his work was self-funded, shrugged off concerns that the research was conducted in secrecy, explaining that he had engaged the scientific community over the past three years.

Dec Dancing On 'I'm A Celeb' Has Made People's Night
Some 11 million people tuned in for the first episode - up 700,000 on past year , according to overnight ratings. They're all friends and he's certain she'll be great - he'll be rooting for them all'.

Southern University of Science and Technology said that it is unaware of the research project and is launching an investigation.

He's experiment "crossed the line of morality and ethics adhered to by the academic community and was shocking and unacceptable", Xu said. He is now under investigation by his university, the Chinese government and the hospital he claims gave him ethical approval for the trial.

"The volunteers were informed of the risk posed by the existence of one potential off-target and they made a decision to implant", he said.

More than 100 scientists, most in China, said in an open letter on Tuesday the use of CRISPR-Cas9 technology to edit the genes of human embryos was risky, unjustified and harmed the reputation and development of the biomedical community in China. "This is not just for this case, but for millions of children".

The National Health Commission has ordered local officials in Guangdong province to investigate He's actions, and his employer, Southern University of Science and Technology, is investigating as well.

General Motors to slash 14,700 jobs in USA and Canada
The company also said the plan would make the company more efficient, saving it $6 billion a year by the end of 2020. The four American plants employ a combined 3,800 hourly and salaried staff, and the Oshawa facility employs 2,200.

Other News

Trending Now

Criminal defense attorney explains how Mueller just outsmarted Trump and Rudy Giuliani
In September, Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of conspiracy against the US. That means the judge overseeing his case will learn, in detail, of Manafort's alleged efforts to mislead investigators.

Protester killed at fuel tax road blockade in France
By early evening, 73 people had been taken into custody, and some demonstrators were still in place at nightfall. Drivers blocked roads across the country in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron .

I answered Mueller questions 'very easily'
Even as Trump mused in the West Wing about making staffing changes, he pushed back against media coverage of his recent setbacks. He said some were "unnecessary", some were "possible traps" and that "we might consider some as irrelevant".

Bradley Beal 'exasperated' after Wizards' volatile practice
Beal, on the other hand, is 3 years younger than Wall and has a more manageable contract. Washington reportedly has "resisted" including Wall or Beal in recent trade discussions.

IT'S HERE! Watch the new John Lewis Christmas ad
It wasn't universally loved, with some complaining the advert was selling John's life, more than it was Christmas. Elton John said: "The John Lewis Christmas campaign has so many warm memories for me and my family".

YouTube now offering free streaming of movies
Over in the Movies & Shows section, YouTube has been allowing customers to buy TV shows and films for some time. YouTube earns revenue from the movies through advertisements, instead of charging customers to view the movies.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins score
The highlight was a 90-yard score that set the mark for the longest pass play in the National Football League this season. The two have already shown that they are capable of providing that much-needed stability in that unit of the defense.

NASA’s InSight attempts Mars landing after 6-month journey through space
The station, developed by French partners, will catch rumbles of marsquakes, important for interpreting the planet's interior. After the landing, scientists will take it slow and steady with the lander and its scientific instruments.

Google Fi phone service now works on iPhones, Galaxy and OnePlus phones
Google has had its own MVNO wireless service option for quite awhile now, but its selection of devices has been pretty limited. This means that consumers never pay more than $80 per month, and potentially a lot less if they don't use much data.

Google Pixel 3 Lite poses for the camera - Android
There's also the accented power button on the side which looks to be coloured Yellow on the white variant of the Pixel 3 Lite . This is likely to pull in customers to buy the device as the company is likely to launch the device at a lower price point.