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Stanford Investigates Faculty Contact With Scientist Who Edited Baby Genes

  • Several faculty members spoke with scientist about gene work
  • He Jiankui’s work has sparked debate over genetic engineering
He Jiankui speaking in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.
He Jiankui speaking in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Stanford University is probing the involvement of the school’s faculty members with the Chinese scientist who’s drawn international condemnation for creating the world’s first gene-edited babies.

Since He Jiankui’s claim in November that twin girls had been born with DNA altered to make them resistant to HIV, multiple Stanford faculty members have said that the Chinese researcher spoke with them about the possibility of genetically modifying human embryos and implanting them in women.