A Chinese scientist who caused an international stir after claiming responsibility for the world’s first gene-edited babies in 2018 has been sentenced to three years behind bars on Monday.
He Jiankui, 35, along with two other collaborators, was found guilty of forging ethical review materials and misleading others into implanting genetically-engineered embryos in women, which resulted in three designer babies.
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.
Juice – or Guozhi in Mandarin – who is regarded as one of the most famous dogs in showbusiness after starring in several movies and television productions, was just cloned by his owner.
Beijing-based animal trainer, and Juice’s owner, He Jun, wanted his dog to live on despite its growing age. He found the solution to this problem was to clone the mutt with the help of Sinogene, China’s first ever biotech company, according to Reuters.