The Chinese man who edited the human genome was sentenced to three years

In the Chinese city of Shenzhen , the trial of Chinese geneticist He Jiankui ended. Last year, he announced the birth of the first genetically modified people to the world. The scientist was soon accused of illegally editing the genes of the human embryo, and today a sentence has been passed.

He was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $ 430,000. The two colleagues who helped him with this received two and a half years in prison, as well as fines of $ 70,000 and $ 140,000.

He Jiancui announced the birth of genetically modified twin girls in November 2018. The scientist laid the changes in the embryos, which should develop immunity to HIV in children. The experiment of Chinese genetics was quickly criticized by colleagues, a question arose sharply in society about the ethics of such interference in human nature.

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