Shenzhen, China – China has suspended him Jianqiu – the scientist who claims to produce the world's first-born babies of the world, and he now looks set to face illness after publicly revealing research many in the scientific community condemned as irresponsible.
His work is "completely abominable in nature", Shi Nanping, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, told state news agency Xinhua late on Thursday.
She has genetically engineered the twin girls DNA so they would not develop HIV brewed scientific ethics, adding that gene-editing of human embryos for reproduction purposes was "excellent volume" in China.
He admitted to a jin-editing conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday he had initiated another pregnancy, although it was too soon to say if it would go to full time.
|An embryo receives a small dose of CAS9 protein and PCS9 9 SRGNA in a sperm injection microscope in a laboratory in Shenzhen [Mark Schiefelbein/AP]|
A source certified to all the joys that he returned to Shenzhen, though calling to call calls to his mobile was unanswered and some messages sent to the phone were read with no response.
David Siranoski of the journal Nature posted on social media that he was in the southern city and ready to "cooperate fully with all inquiries" about his work.
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The scientist is likely to face a barrage of questions from institutions in Shenzhen, as well as from the Ministry of Science and Technology. China's National Health Commission said he's activities will be investigated and no wrongdoing "resolutely dealt with," according to Xinhua.
It is uncertain what punishment he might face since the law in China is vague on enforcement, according to Cue Renzong, Professor Emeritus of the Institute of Philosophy and Director of the Applied Ethics Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
He's research has sent shockwaves through the international scientific community, with many growing concerns over the lack of verified data and the risks of exposing sound embryos to generate. Scientists have long been worried about the implications for humanity of such genetic engineering.
Prof. Alta Charo, a professor of law and biotechnics at the University of Wisconsin, said if he had done the trial in the United States, it would "have been in violation of the public law" and involve "penalties" [that] Are both polite and criminal "because of appliances needed by the Food and Drug Administration for human cells and therapy studies where cells are brought to gestation.
Qiu indicated in Hunan province in 2012, three researchers were destined and then sued along with three officials who approved trials of a vitamin A-enriched genetically modified rice on schoolchildren without their consent.
"Three scientists are disappointed, they are dismissed from their positions, and they can not apply for grants over a certain period of time, so [He’s case] May be similar to that, "Qiu told Al Jazeera." I do not think that the police will be involved, but the ministries will discipline him. "
He said in a video released on Sunday – the same day the world learned from the birth – that he used the CRISPR-cas9 tool for editing the embryos to remove the possibility that the babies would get the guard of their father who was infected With the virus.
Anthropologist Eben Kirkiyi noted that CRISPR has become a magic word, which is related to the truth because of the promise that "you just need to take the treatment once". However, he said, there were many other promising therapies for treatment of HIV, and he did not think many in the Hybrid Research community were "put a lot of hope" in genetic editing.
|Research Zhu Xiaokin, left, loaded CAS 9 protein and PCS9 9Srna molecules in a fine glass pipes at He Jianqiu's laboratory in Shenzhen [Mark Schiefelbein/AP]|
He gave a partial apology in front of a packed overseas at the Second International Summit on Human Genomic Editing in Hong Kong, although the contrast was more for the information about the births coming out before his research was wasted by the scientific Community, rather than having it run out.
The scientist told delegates he was "proud of" his job, added if the same situation happened and his child would "try it first".
Most of the other researchers believe that it was far too early to progress to the point of the widespread ethical questions that arise from "edited" – as Lulu and Nana, the names he gave to the twin baby girls – and "non-edited" By side.
"Would it not be useful to try to protect a global ethical code of conduct, at least a minimum of consent, and what is the research and what is the standard?" Asks Barbel Friedrich, director of the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Studies in Greifswald. "What we heard this morning was a violation of the law, which he admitted to, but what we need is a global rule."
Institutions deny knowledge
Across the shores in Shenzhen, institutions are distancing themselves from him.
Shenzhen's Health and Family Planning Commission has directed the medical expert committee to investigate the activities.
South University of Science and Technology, where he is an Associate Professor and is said to have conducted the research without the full knowledge of the university, having sealed his lab and suspended him pending an investigation. The site's research on genomes related to this work is now inaccessible.
|A researcher adjusts a microblate with embryos that have been injected with CAS 9 protein and PCS9 9Sgrna in a laboratory in Shenzhen [Mark Schiefelbein/AP]|
When Al Jasera visited the Laboratory of Researchers, located on a sprawling campus at a hub of universities in the northern part of Shenzhen, security officers refused entry, complaining about media trying to visit the site. Communications Department officials at the school did not respond to requests to discuss the investigation into his research activities.
In the main gate, a police van is parked across the road, its blue and red lights flashing.
Shenzhen Harmonics Women and Children's Hospital, where the fertilization is allegedly taken, now has a lightning involvement in his work and said that he believes a signature on newspapers, which was approved by the experiment. The attempts to reach officials in the hospital for further explanation were unsuccessful.
"We do not know yet, that was fabricated," said the papers. "Some scientists, out of other motivations, the young scientists, they want to make a lot of money."