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Alarm sounded against editing people via genetic manipulation

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the controversy surrounding He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, who claimed he switched off an HIV-related gene in twins born this November, by modifying their embryos to prevent them from contracting the disease, Father Stephen Joseph Tham, a professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome, said that the life of an embryo should be respected and warned against the pursuit of high genetic quality.

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