Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims he helped make world's first genetically edited babies: twin girls whose DNA he said he altered. Photo: AP

China to investigate whether ‘shocking’ gene-edited twin experiment by He Jiankui broke the law

  • Science ministry promises to report back on findings after Shenzhen researcher claims world first
  • Hospital where the trial purportedly took place denies the children were born in the facility and says it has filed a complaint with police
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Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims he helped make world's first genetically edited babies: twin girls whose DNA he said he altered. Photo: AP
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Alice Shen

Alice Shen

Alice is a Hong Kong economy and business reporter at the South China Morning Post. Born in central China and raised in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, she studied biology, economics and journalism in Peking University and Boston University.

Elizabeth Cheung

Elizabeth Cheung

Elizabeth Cheung has been a health reporter for the Post's Hong Kong desk since 2014. She covers general medical news, breakthrough medical treatments and research, government policy and hospital blunders. Elizabeth has a master's in development studies.