GLOBAL ONE NEWS — The Chinese scientist who has claimed to have created the world’s first genetically-edited babies could face the death penalty.
A colleague of He Jiankui believes the physicist could have bribed people to convince them into working with him.
Robin Lovell-Badge, organizer of the summit in which He revealed his work said, “Quite a few people have lost their heads for corruption.”
He Jiankiu from Shenzhen’s Southern University of Science and Technology claimed he independently created the world’s first genetically altered babies in a November conference in Hong Kong.
His claims have not yet been independently verified or reviewed although a formal investigation into his work has been launched since its announcement.
Several scientists criticized the research with one calling it “monstrous.”
He is reportedly staying in a government-sponsored house and guarded by several police officers.
It is not clear whether he is under house arrest or protected from danger.