‘China’s Dr Frankenstein’ faces down his critics
After lying low since news of the possible creation of the world’s first gene-edited babies broke this week, the Chinese researcher behind the controversial experiment has resurfaced in Hong Kong to justify his actions. He Jiankui, dubbed in some corners “China’s Dr Frankenstein,” told a packed auditorium at an international genome editing conference that he was “proud” of his research, which some fellow scientists have criticized as unethical or even monstrous. “There are millions of families with inherited diseases or exposure to infectious disease. If we have the technology and can make it available, then this will help people,” He told hundreds of people at the University of Hong Kong.