The Gene Mutation That Protects Against HIV Could Also Shorten Lives

Genetics is never so simple

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Jun 4 · 4 min read
Chinese geneticist He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China. Photo: S.C. Leung/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

By Kat Eschner

Death comes to us all — but those with a specific genetic mutation may hear the Grim Reaper come knocking earlier than most. The naturally occurring mutation that rogue Chinese researcher He Jiankui was trying to replicate when he permanently edited two human…

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