Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos for the first time

April 23, 2015 5:57 AM

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A team of Chinese scientists have successfully edited human DNA in an embryo for the first time, winning support from scientists at home but prompting controversy in the west.

Huang Junjiu, associate professor of biology at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, and colleagues used a cutting edge technology to “cleave” a gene that is responsible for beta thalassemia, the most common and sometimes deadly blood disorder among children in south China.

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