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A Chinese team claims to have used CRISPR to make two infants that are resistant to HIV infection.
According to He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, his team used CRISPR to edit the genes of human embryos that eventually became twin girls Lulu and Nana. The change to the twins’ CCR5 gene causes their cells to carry a mutated form of the CCR5 protein. This mutation should protect them from HIV infection.
China's state-run People's Daily published an online article about it on Monday but later removed the story.
More than 120 Chinese scientists signed a letter condemning the claim by He.
"The project completely ignored the principles of biomedical ethics, conducting experiments on humans without proving it's safe," said Qiu Zilong, a neuroscience researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (中国科学) in Shanghai who wrote the letter.
"We can only describe such behaviour as crazy."
originally posted by: dfnj2015
We spend 770 billion dollars on the US military and the Chinese cure AIDS.
originally posted by: SocratesJohnson
Some Europeans are immune to HIV
Genes are so racist
Maybe but it's not obvious how that could be done.
originally posted by: andy06shake
I thinking through, if we can create genetically engineer babies immune to HIV, then we can probably devise an antiviral agent that facilitates the rest of the human race also.