He Jiankui tried to publish a paper describing additional experiments that made heritable changes in the DNA of human embryos. But the paper was rejected by an international journal after outside scientists raised concerns about both its ethics and its scientific validity, STAT has learned

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He Jiankui, who claims to have produced the world’s first genetically modified babies, faced critics at a Hong Kong conference. Article includes comments from our Jeffrey Kahn

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And the world snapped to attention. Using YouTube rather than an academic journal, He claimed that with the aid of CRISPR, he had helped create the world’s first babies — twin girls born a few weeks ago — whose genomes had been edited as embryos

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