LONDON – A leading geneticist who led the conference, where a Chinese scientist said he condemned the world's first "processed" babies on Monday that he could endanger life and lacked biological training.
Robin Lovell Badge The organizer of the event in November 2018, when He Jiankui from China presented his controversial presentation, described him as a rich man with a "big ego" who "wanted to do something that he believed that it will change the world ".
He Jiankui, a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, triggered an international scholarly and ethical controversy when he said he had used a technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to detect the embryonic genes of im November born twin girls change.
He could not immediately respond to Lovell-Badge's comments. Chinese authorities are investigating it and have now discontinued this type of research.
In videos released online and at the conference, he said he believes his gene manipulation will protect girls from HIV infection, the virus that causes AIDS. 1
It is true (that he edited the genomes in the way he says), then it is quite possible that he endangered the lives of the children, "he told journalists in London.
"Nobody knows what those mutations will do."
Lovell-Badge said he originally invited He to the conference after hearing in scientific circles that he had "something in mind." Lovell-Badge hoped the call would to him to work with professionals would encourage him to "control his urge."
"Just about everyone he spoke to had said to him," Do not do it, "he said. "But it was definitely too late."
Lovell-Badge said that on the eve of the conference he had heard of his allegations and had an emergency meeting with him.
what he did was the next big thing, "said Lovell-Badge. But he had "no basic education in biology" and the experiments he performed "ignored all norms as you conduct a clinical trial or a clinical experiment."
"He should definitely be deterred," he said.
Lovell-Badge said he has not heard from him since the beginning of December, but understands that he was in a guarded apartment in Shenzhen during the investigation.
Chinese authorities and institutions as well as hundreds of people international scientists have condemned him and said that any application of gene manipulation of human embryos for reproductive purposes is against the law and medical ethics of China.