Hong Kong, November 28: The Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies said Wednesday the trial had been paused, following an international outcry over the highly controversial procedure. He Jiankui told a packed Hong Kong medical conference that he had successfully altered the DNA of twin girls born to an HIV-positive father.
A total of eight volunteer couples-- HIV-positive fathers and HIV-negative mothers -- had signed up to the trial, with one dropping out before it was halted. Gene-Edited Babies Controversy Condemned By The Scientific Community, Chinese Government Orders Probe.
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"I must apologise this result was leaked unexpectedly," said He. "The clinical trial was paused due to the current situation," he added.