POV: How Did Claims of CRISPR Babies Hijack an International Gene-Editing Summit?

If a hoax, “it’s the most embarrassing instance of fraud ever perpetrated by the scientific community”

Chinese scientist He Jiankui allegedly used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to engineer human embryos. The rogue researcher also claims to have implanted them using IVF, saying that the world’s first CRISPR-engineered babies have been born. Image by PhonlamaiPhoto/iStock

By George J. Annas

What were the organizers thinking?

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