Controversial gene editing scientist He Jiankui (seated) in the lab at China’s Southern University of Science and Technology at Shenzhen. He is currently on sabbatical from his research position at the university. Photo: Handout

China’s gene editing Frankenstein He Jiankui, dubbed ‘mad genius’ by colleagues, had early dreams of becoming Chinese Einstein

  • Controversial scientist facing international condemnation for ‘crazy’ and ‘unethical’ human experiment came from humble beginnings
  • Gave up physics when he realised its ‘golden era was over’
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Controversial gene editing scientist He Jiankui (seated) in the lab at China’s Southern University of Science and Technology at Shenzhen. He is currently on sabbatical from his research position at the university. Photo: Handout
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Zoe Low

Zoe Low

Zoe Low is a reporter at the Post, joining in 2018. Previously, she was an intern at The News Lens International in Taipei, covering Taiwan-China relations and foreign policy and social issues around Asia, particularly Southeast Asia. She graduated from the London School of Economics and the National Chengchi University in Taiwan.