He Jiankui, the disgraced Chinese scientist who created the world’s first genetically-engineered babies, reportedly had plans to turn his knowledge and skills into a lucrative enterprise.
The news comes from an investigative report from Science Magazine, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which found that He hoped to gene-edit babies for the wealthy.
Professor He Jiankui, the controversial Chinese scientist who claimed to have produced the world’s first genetically-edited babies, is now reportedly missing.
Just last week, He gave a presentation at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, where he talked about his controversial experiment and responded to queries from his peers and the media.
The Chinese scientist who sparked near-universal criticism for his claim of creating the world’s first gene-edited babies has reportedly been suspended without pay and placed under investigation.
Southern University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) associate professor He Jiankui revealed via a YouTube video on Monday that he and his research team used modified embryos to produce a pair of healthy twin sisters this month.