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He Jiankui – the return of the clone researcher

He shocked the world four years ago: He Jiankui created the first babies with deliberately altered genomes. Now he is back and is given a new laboratory.

For three years, Chinese scientist He Jiankui was in prison for creating the world’s first genetically engineered babies. After his release in April 2022, he has now returned in a remarkable interview with the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post. Some four years after their birth, he explained, the three children were doing well. They were leading “a normal, peaceful and undisturbed life”.

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