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[Correspondence] Open letter from Chinese HIV professionals on human genome editing

On Nov 28, 2018, during the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, He Jiankui and colleagues from China claimed that they have edited the human embryonic genome to disable the CCR5 gene in work that resulted in the birth of twin sisters.1 The announcement generated serious concerns relating to scientific ethics. As Chinese professionals engaged in HIV research and prevention, we strongly oppose genome editing on healthy human germline cells and embryos for reproductive purposes and HIV prevention.

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