China says doctor behind gene edited babies acted on his own

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BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese investigation says the doctor behind the reported birth of two babies whose genes had been edited in hopes of making them resistant to the AIDS virus acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that investigators in the southern province of Guangdong determined Dr. He Jiankui organized and handled funding for the experiment without outside assistance in violation of national guidelines.

Along with the birth of the twins, Lulu and Nana, another embryo yet to be born resulted from He’s experiment.

The Xinhua report said all three would remain under observation.

It didn’t say which laws He might have violated.

The chief of the World Health Organization said last month that gene editing needs guidelines.

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