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.