I realize normally we don't talk about the news or hot-button issues, but this is of sufficiently high importance I am posting anyway.
Summarizing the report I heard on the radio this morning:
- The lead scientist is He Jiankui, with a team at Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen.
- 7 couples in the experiment, each with HIV+ fathers and HIV- mothers.
- CRISPR was used to genetically edit embryos to eliminate the CCR5 gene, providing HIV resistance.
- Allegedly twin girls have been born with these edits.
I don't think DNA testing of the twins has taken place yet. If anyone has a line on good, nuanced sources, I'd be interested in hearing about it.