(ANSA) – The Chinese doctor, who announced the birth of two twin girls with an altered gene, said he was not sorry for what he did and that he was proud of him, despite the criticism. He Jianqiu made the statements during the International Summit on the Human Genomo Edition, taking place in Hong Kong and from where, however, came the news that now the expendant is suspended precisely because of the controversy that arose.
The scholar spoke to more than 700 international researchers, who had been subjected to a "bombard" of questions. Who participated if there are other pregnancies in the progress, which are part of the study, he said that there is another "potential", even in the early stages, but in a series of successive responses was unclear Whether it was a miscarriage or pregnancy are in progress
I admitted that there are eight couples involved in the experiment, which aimed at "silence" the gene that produces the protein that allows the entry of HIV virus in the cells. The scientist said that he was "proud" of the results achieved, ignoring the main objection made by the experts about the test, which is to say that the crispr technique used for the genome edition often also produces unwanted modifications in other areas of the DNA.
"The volunteers-Pharma reiterated while stopping the tests for the current situation – were informed about the risk of possible modifications not wanted by the DNA, although they decided to have the embryos implanted as well. He explains the various phases of the test, beginning with the tests on the animals a few years ago. All data was sent to a scientific journal for publication, though it was not specified.
The experiment, admitted to the researchers, was conducted outside the South University of Science and Technology, where he worked for February, with his personal resources. The announcement last Sunday with a video on Youtube, and picked up by the magazine of the Mythi Technology Review, sparked protests around the world, from China itself, where more than 120 scientists signed a letter in that the experiment was defined as "Crazy" and the National Health Commission opened an official investigation. Also in Italy there was no shortage of critical voices, starting with the Minister of Health, Julia Grillo.
"Now, science has been a very high level in the field of genetics," said in an interview with SkyTg24: "We must decide this issue as an international community and understand exactly how humanity is in what direction we want to go, It is clear that scientific research without brakes can do anything, even make people in a test tube. "