A Chinese scientist who claimed to have helped produce the world's first genetically modified babies is missing, a report said Monday.
He Jiankui from Shenzhen, China, gave a talk in Hong Kong last week about his controversial experiment and no-one seems to know his whereabouts, the South China Morning Post reported.
Shenzhen-based Southern University of Science and Technology rejected allegations that it had been detained, the newspaper said. One spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the matter and said, "We can not answer any questions right now," the Morning Post reported.
The spokeswoman said the school will keep the media informed.
changed the DNA of the twins Lulu and Nana to try to make them resistant to infection with the AIDS virus.
The claim has not been substantiated by a peer-reviewed scientific journal nor is there any independent confirmation. Mainstream scientists have condemned the experiment, and investigate universities and government groups.
A group of leading scientists gathered last week at the International Human Genome Editing Conference where he made his claims.
Although the science is promising, it helps The already born, the scientists said on Thursday, it would be irresponsible to try eggs, sperm or embryos, because not enough is known about the risks or the safety.
Speaking to the AP, the researcher said he has a "strong responsibility" that it's not just a premiere, but also an example, "adds," Society will decide what to do next. " do is ", whether it should be allowed or forbidden.
It's" a careless … an experiment on humans, that is. "not morally or ethically acceptable," said Dr. Kiran Musunuru, gene editing expert and editor of a journal of genetics at the University of Pennsylvania.
He said a second pregnancy could b e onway.
Last week, he posted a video on YouTube to discuss the claim and its implications.
Chris Ciaccia and the Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.