On Monday, November 26, 2018 the unimaginable came true and a scientist from China, He Jiankui, announced before the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, that he genetically edited two girls who were just born this month. Before implanting the embryos in the mother's womb, scientist Jiankui edited the babies to be resistant to the H.I.V. infection. The only thing is that He Jiankui did not provide any data or evidence to prove his work in the lab. Dr. He claims that he found a male who had H.I.V. and then used in vitro fertilization to produce embryos resistant to the viruses that can cause AIDS. He used CRISPR-CAS9 to disable CCR, a specific gene that produces the protein H.I.V. needs to enter cells.
Even though it is illegal to do such actions in the United States, it was not yet illegal in China, but other Chinese scientists do not agree with Dr. He's actions and believe what he did was crazy. A group of researchers believe what he did was unethical because there are other ways H.I.V. can be prevented in newborns and ruins the reputation of Chinese science so far. Dr. He then states that "I feel a strong responsibility that it's not just to make a first, but also make it an example""Society will decide what to do next." (Kolata and Wee and Belluck, 2018) Some question why Dr. He did something medically unnecessary, what do you believe about his research?