Thursday, 13 December, 2018


Scientists line up to take aim at research behind gene-edited babies

China stops work on gene-edited babies Chinese Scientist Claims He's Created World's First Gene-Edited Babies - D-brief
Patty Aguilar | 02 December, 2018, 14:57

"I think all of us are wondering about the role of Michael Deem", Collins told STAT, "who by his description was present at the consenting of couples that took part in this gene-editing enterprise". The investigations came quickly in a country that has tended to be more open to using gene editing in human medicine than others.

It was unclear whether the pregnancy had ended or not.

He, according to Reuters, also shrugged off concerns that the research was conducted in secrecy, explaining that he had engaged the scientific community over the past three years.

He said his study had been submitted to a scientific journal for review, though he did not name the journal. University officials said they had no knowledge of his research and had launched an investigation.

The Chinese researcher said he edited a gene of a human embryo, later implanted into a woman who gave birth to the twins, one of whom is HIV immune.

Xu Nanping, China's vice minister of science and technology, said Tuesday that the Chinese government had issued regulations in 2003 that permitted gene-editing experiments on embryos for research purposes, but only if they remain viable no more than 14 days, according to the state broadcaster China Central Television. 122 Chinese scientists have apparently put out a statement condemning the work and saying that it will damage China's reputation for responsible research in this field (a reputation that, contrary to what is sometimes asserted, is largely justified).

Dr. Robin Lovell-Badge, who moderated the Wednesday session, said in an email that "it would have been hard to have sufficient security" for a second talk.

CRISPR-Cas9 is a technology that allows scientists to essentially cut-and-paste DNA, raising hope of genetic fixes for disease.

Eight volunteer couples - HIV-positive fathers and HIV-negative mothers - signed up to He's trial, with one dropping out before it was put on hold. Bioengineering Professor Michael Deem, who was the scientist's adviser when he studied in the USA, toldAP that he "absolutely" thinks the participants of the trials were fully aware of the risks involved. On Wednesday, under questioning from scientists after his talk, He said there had been a second implantation in an early stage.

At the conference, He failed or refused to answer many questions including who paid for his work, how he ensured that participants understood potential risks and benefits, and why he kept his work secret until after it was done.

David Baltimore, President Emeritus and the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology, spoke after He's speech, saying it was irresponsible to have proceeded until safety issues were in order. "Only found out about it after it happened and the children were born", Baltimore said.

So far the tool has only been used on adults to treat deadly diseases, and the changes only affected that person.

He and his team allegedly disabled a gene which makes a protein that makes it possible for HIV to infect people's cells, potentially making these babies resistant to HIV.

In its statement, the committee said gene editing "remains irresponsible at this time" since it could produce harmful unintended effects for the individuals born from such embryos, as well as their offspring.

Recommended

loading...
...

Powell: US economy healthy and rate hikes aren't automatic Powell: US economy healthy and rate hikes aren't automatic After the financial crisis erupted in 2008, the Fed kept rates at historically low levels to revive the ailing economy. Some policymakers agreed with the idea of further rate increases, but also "expressed uncertainty about the timing".

Blues Legend: Chelsea Could Win Nearly Every Game In December Blues Legend: Chelsea Could Win Nearly Every Game In December Hudson-Odoi made his first-team debut under Antonio Conte in January 2018 as Chelsea defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in the FA Cup. Speaking at full-time, Hudson-Odoi described his disbelief when he realised he's opened his account for his boyhood club.

Trump says next meeting with North Korea's Kim likely in early 2019 Trump says next meeting with North Korea's Kim likely in early 2019 But prospects of a fourth Moon-Kim meeting have recently dimmed, with negotiations on denuclearising the North grinding to a halt. Trump and Kim met in June in a historic summit in Singapore aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

All Blacks Sevens complete Dubai double All Blacks Sevens complete Dubai double The US against France makes up the fourth quarter-final, with the semi-finals and final to be played tomorrow as well. The New Zealand men's and women's teams have also won Commonwealth Games gold and World Cup gold this year.

To stop Ebola, DR Congo takes aim at malaria To stop Ebola, DR Congo takes aim at malaria According to the Health Ministry, among the 426 cases of reported hemorrhagic fever, 379 of them were confirmed to be Ebola cases. There are also concerns regarding the high number of young children affected with the virus, according to the WHO.

Draper Tapped For NASA's 'Space Race' To Go Back To The Moon Draper Tapped For NASA's 'Space Race' To Go Back To The Moon The goal is to get small science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible. NASA hopes that the first payloads flown under CLPS could be on their way as early as next year (2019).

Google Hangouts To Bid GoodBye By 2020 Google Hangouts To Bid GoodBye By 2020 Hangouts, Google's chat app that was first debuted in 2013, may finally be nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. According to a source familiar with the matter who spoke with 9to5Google, the closure will happen "sometime in 2020".

Canada signs onto new NAFTA trade deal on sidelines of G20 summit Canada signs onto new NAFTA trade deal on sidelines of G20 summit Asked Thursday why the two had no meeting scheduled, Trump said: "I would have met with him but we didn't set that one up". The opposition Democrats take control of the House in January. "It is probably the largest trade deal ever made , also".

‘You’ve done a fantastic job’: Donald Trump praises Scott Morrison at G20 ‘You’ve done a fantastic job’: Donald Trump praises Scott Morrison at G20 Saudi Arabia has denied that bin Salman played a role, but US intelligence agencies concluded he ordered the killing. U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Friday on market hopes that a compromise could be reached by the two leaders.

Priyanka, Nick Jonas tie the knot in Jodhpur Priyanka, Nick Jonas tie the knot in Jodhpur The wedding festivities have been taking place at the Umaid Bhawan Palace which has been closed for tourists and visitors since. The newlyweds will reportedly fly from Jodhpur to Delhi the next day for their wedding reception at the Taj Palace Hotel.

Ariana Grande: Five things to know about Thank U, Next Ariana Grande: Five things to know about Thank U, Next And the video also featured Jennifer Coolidge (aka Paulette Bonafonté ) from Legally Blonde and that iconic bend and snap move. And it was... it was really big", perhaps in reference to a certain type of " big energy " that Davidson reportedly has.

Putin hits back as Trump fuels G20 tensions Putin hits back as Trump fuels G20 tensions Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is attending the summit as Argentina has invited Singapore as chairman of Asean this year. Putin jetted into Buenos Aires Friday morning, and the Kremlin said it "regrets" Trump's decision to scrap the meeting.

Earthquake Causes Serious Damage in Alaska Earthquake Causes Serious Damage in Alaska All of the office's duties were handed over to the Fairbanks office, and the meteorologists and staff evacuated. Capp says he's lived in Anchorage eight years and that the quake was the worst he had experienced.

Priyanka Chopra - Nick Jonas Take Off to Jodhpur for the Wedding Priyanka Chopra - Nick Jonas Take Off to Jodhpur for the Wedding Unless, of course, she and Nick decided on a more westernized celebration-though they could also have another wedding in the US. For the wedding dress, Priyanka has been keeping mum about her plans but we might not see her wear white.

Alarm raised as HIV rates on rise Alarm raised as HIV rates on rise The " HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2018" report also shows that 84 new first-UK cases of HIV were diagnosed here in 2017. Injecting drugs and heterosexual intercourse are the most common reasons for the transmission of the disease in this region.