Q&A on scientist’s bombshell claim of gene-edited babies

5515483162382880795“Grossly premature and deeply unethical,” is how noted U.S. bioethicist Henry Greely of Stanford University characterized the claim.

Designer babies might be here sooner than anyone reckoned. A Chinese researcher who says he created gene-edited babies crossed what most scientists consider a forbidden line.

It’s not clear if the claim is true and if so, how the twin girls whose DNA reportedly was altered will fare as they grow.

There is wide scientific agreement that rewriting DNA before birth – to prevent an inherited disease or to give a baby some “designer” trait – isn’t yet safe to try outside laboratory experiments that do not lead to human births.