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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 01:54 PM

Chinese scientist who claimed controversial human gene editing is reportedly missing

Source: ABC News

Chinese scientist who claimed controversial human gene editing is reportedly missing

By KARSON YIU Beijing Dec 5, 2018, 7:46 AM ET

Chinese scientist He Jiankui has not been seen in public since a high-profile presentation last week at an international conference in Hong Kong in which he claimed to have produced the world's first gene-edited babies, igniting speculation that he's been detained.

The Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily reported He allegedly was escorted back over the border to the high-tech city and research hub Shenzhen, in southern China, by Chen Shiyi, president of He's employer, Southern University of Science and Technology, on the campus of which He is possibly being held on "house arrest." ABC News has not confirmed He is being held there.

A spokeswoman from the university's public affairs office told ABC News that the school is not answering any questions at the moment regarding He Jiankui. She refused to confirm or deny reports of He's whereabouts.

"When there is new information we will update the public via the university's official website or WeChat public account," the spokeswoman told ABC News, referring to a popular social media platform.

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Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/International/gene-editing-chinese-scientist-reportedly-missing/story?id=59618448

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