Five years ago, scientist He Jiankui shocked his peers and the world with claims that he created the first gene-edited babies. Now, after spending three years in a Chinese prison for practicing medicine without a license, he faces obstacles and criticism as he tries to re-enter science.
For months he has been touting plans to develop affordable gene therapies for rare diseases, starting with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that weakens the muscles. She announced on social media last fall that she had opened a lab in Beijing. She spoke remotely about this new effort at an event in early February hosted by the University of Kent in the UK.