Albeit scientists think it is unsafe to try this, with some going as far as denouncing the feat as human experimentation, a U.S. scientist working in China reports that the world's first genetically altered babies have happened. The alternation was to make the babies immune to AIDS.
The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, said he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far. He said his goal was not to cure or prevent an inherited disease, but to try to bestow a trait that few people naturally have -- an ability to resist possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus.
He said the parents involved declined to be identified or interviewed, and he would not say where they live or where the work was done.
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