The Chinese scientist who created the world’s first gene-edited children has been sentenced to three years in prison by a Chinese court.
He Jiankui, a Rice University and Stanford trained biophysicist, shocked the world last year with his claim to have created genetically-modified humans, twins dubbed “Lulu and Nana.”
According to Chinese news reports, in addition to a prison term, He will pay a $425,000 fine and will be banned for life from further involvement in reproductive medicine.
The sentence was handed down December 30th, Monday, by Shenzhen Nanshan District People’s Court.
In addition to He, two colleagues, Zhang Renli, and Qin Jinzhou, will receive prison terms of two years and 18 months, respectively, for “carrying out human embryo gene editing … for reproductive purposes.”