Gene-Editing Doctor Goes Missing?

The controversial Chinese doctor who made headlines last week with claims that he'd successfully edited the genes of unborn babies is now believed to be missing. He Jiankui became the target of  considerable criticism from scientists around the world after he  triumphantly revealed that the first-ever genetically altered babies had  been born under his watch as part of a research project. Although he  expressed no remorse for the ethically questionable procedure, likening  it to the nascent days of IVF research, it would seem that Jiankui is  facing some serious backlash in his native country.

The trouble reportedly began almost immediately after he made his announcement at a conference  in Hong Kong as the doctor mysteriously failed to appear for a  scheduled second appearance at the proceedings the next day. At almost  the same time, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology suspended  his research project and announced plans to investigate his work. This  does not bode well for Jiankui as the vice minister of the department  lambasted the doctor, saying that his research was "extremely abominable  in nature."

More on this odd story at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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