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The first genetically modified twins were born in China (3 photos + video)

Nowadays, only a few countries allow editing the human genome. It is generally accepted that China is the leader in this area. It was here that three years ago, researchers first conducted an experiment with editing the genome of human embryos. CRISPR / Cas9 technology helped them in this. And just recently, Chinese scientists made a loud statement. According to them, they were first born genetically modified twins. True, independent sources do not yet confirm this achievement, which has incredibly revolutionary potential. В Китае родились первые генетически модифицированные близняшки (3 фото + видео) The team of the Southern University of Science and Technology, headed by He Jiankui, in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, worked on the development. The girls were named Lulu and Nana. The project manager said in a video message that girls with genes edited using CRISPR-Cas9 technology are absolutely healthy. В Китае родились первые генетически модифицированные близняшки (3 фото + видео) Journalists have already found the corresponding marks in the electronic registry of experiments related to editing the human genome using the CRISPR / Cas9 system. Scientists used this technology to edit only one gene – CCR5. They introduced changes designed to provide newborns with immunity to HIV infection. According to experts, independent research laboratories examined the results of the operation, which were received from colleagues from China. They could not draw an unambiguous conclusion about the absolute success and absence of risks to the health of the babies., Apnews.com

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