World’s first gene-edited babies born, scientist claims

A Chinese scientist on Monday said he has created the world’s first genetically-edited babies in a controversial medical procedure that threatens to shake the foundation of bioethics.

He Jiankui, a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Shenzhen, said the twins — identified as “Lulu” and “Nana” — had their embryos’ DNA changed using a method known as CRISPR.

The genes were edited to prevent the embryos from being able to contract HIV, He said, noting that the twins’ father had the virus.