He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed to have created the world’s first genetically engineered babies, is being detained in the city of Shenzhen.
Dr. He is currently living in the fourt floor apartment of a university guest house on the campus of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District.
The scientist claimed to have used CRISPR to remove the CCR5 gene which enables forms of the HIV virus to infect cells, from the embryos of two twin girls born in November, hence creating children with resistance to HIV.
According to scientists in China, the work that He claimed was a step too far and was a disregard for ethical standards.
At a conference held in Hong Kong in late November, he displayed immense pride in his work and talked about his intention of creating genetically engineered babies who wouldn’t be vulnerable to HIV. But, scientists say that there are simpler ways of protecting newborns from the infection.
Dr. He is allowed to make phone calls and send emails. After Friday, a number of unidentified guards were seen on the floor of his apartment. Dr. He’s experiment seems to have thrown the medical world in an ethical dilemma.