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    Chinese Scientist Claims He Produced First Gene-Edited Babies

    According to the scientist, twin girls were born this month with altered DNA.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 26, 2018)

    Stanford University has cleared three faculty members of any wrongdoing in dealings with a Chinese scientist who claims to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies.

    In a statement Tuesday, Stanford said the faculty members did not participate in or have financial or other ties to the work by the scientist, He Jiankui, and had discouraged him from pursuing it.

    The Chinese scientist has said he altered the genes of twin girls when they were embryos to try to give them protection against possible future infection with the AIDS virus. Scientists worldwide have condemned the work as unethical and medically unnecessary.

    A spokesman for Rice University in Houston says that school is continuing to investigate the possible role of one of its faculty members.

    American Scientists Try 1st Gene Editing in the Body

    [NATL] American Scientists Try 1st Gene Editing in the Body

    Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body, a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done on Monday in California on a patient with an inherited metabolic disorder.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017)