Saturday 18 January 2020

Researchers involved in births of gene-edited babies are jailed

 

Two other people received lesser sentences and fines. (stock photo)
Two other people received lesser sentences and fines. (stock photo)

Ken Moritsugu

Three researchers involved in the births of genetically-edited babies have been sentenced for practising medicine illegally, Chinese state media said yesterday.

Lead researcher He Jiankui was sentenced to three years and fined three million yuan (€270,000).

Two other people received lesser sentences and fines. Zhang Renli was sentenced to two years in prison and fined one million yuan. Qin Jinzhou received an 18-month sentence, but with a two-year reprieve, and a 500,000 yuan fine. He said 13 months ago that he had helped make the world's first genetically-edited babies.

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