Scientist Denis Rebrikov intends to correct the embryonic gene to prevent children from inheriting their parents' deafness. Denis Rebrikov said that five Russian couples agreed to this.
Recently, the Russian biologist told Nature that he intended to modify the embryonic gene. So far, there is only one Chinese scientist He Jiankui who has publicly published the genetic modification of babies, claiming that the edits will prevent their father's 'inheriting ' HIV.
Rebrikov may be the next person to be given special attention by the world when he made a new statement that he had five Russian parents who wanted to edit their genes for a different and social reason: ' Prevent children from inheriting parents 'deafness'.
Rebrikov said every parent who was interested in his research had deafness due to the GJB2 gene mutation . When two people with a mutation give birth, the child will have congenital deafness.
By using genetic modification to modify a copy of GJB2 gene in a fertilized embryo, Rebrikov believes it will be possible to fulfill the wishes of parents to give birth to a deaf child.
"It is clear and understandable to ordinary people. Each baby born to these couples will certainly be deaf if not mutated ," Rebrikov said.
But unlike the scientist in China, Rebrikov plans to approach the Russian government in "a few weeks" to get permission before starting his controversial experiment.