March 22, 2023

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The professor was sentenced in the gene-edited baby case NOW was granted a Hong Kong talent pass

The professor was sentenced in the gene-edited baby case NOW was granted a Hong Kong talent pass



 

The professor was sentenced in the gene-edited baby case NOW was granted a Hong Kong talent pass.

He Jiankui, a Chinese professor who was sentenced in the gene-edited baby case, confirmed that he has been approved for a high-end talent pass in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

According to a report by “Ming Pao” on Tuesday (February 21), the Hong Kong government launched a high-end talent pass program (Gao Caitong) at the end of last year to attract high-income and graduates from top universities.

So far, more than 10,000 applications have been submitted and 7,700 have been approved.

One of them is He Jiankui, a mainland scientist who was sentenced to three years in prison for illegally practicing medicine in mainland China because of the uproar over the gene-edited baby incident.

 

He Jiankui responded to Ming Pao’s email inquiry and said that there are currently no universities and scientific research institutions that have hired him, and he plans to start contacting some universities and scientific research institutions, but he did not respond to what kind of application to go to Hong Kong through Gaocaitong.

 

He Jiankui revealed that he is currently in Beijing and will not go to Hong Kong until he has contacted his work unit.

As for his plans after coming to Hong Kong, he said that he will engage in scientific research on gene therapy for rare genetic diseases, and plans to use artificial intelligence to optimize AAV vectors (that is, adeno-associated virus vectors), improve the efficiency of gene therapy, and promote the parity of gene therapy for rare diseases.

 

He Jiankui did not respond positively when asked whether his prison record in mainland China would affect his application for Gaocaitong, whether he would continue to study genetically modified babies, and whether he would stay in Hong Kong forever. He only said, “Hong Kong is an open and inclusive city. I am optimistic about Hong Kong’s development.” prospect”.

 

Reporters inquired about the incident on the evening of Monday (20th) to the Labor and Welfare Bureau of Hong Kong, which is coordinating the Gaocaitong scheme, and the Immigration Department, which approves the application.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong government said it does not comment on individual cases, saying that the Immigration Department will process each application in accordance with relevant laws and policies.

According to the laws of Hong Kong, any person who knowingly and willfully declares false information or fills in information that he knows to be false commits an offense and any relevant visa or stay permit issued will be invalid.

 

When He Jiankui was an associate professor at Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology, he announced in Hong Kong in November 2018 that the research team had used human embryo gene editing technology to allow twin girls “Lulu” and “Nana” who were naturally immune to AIDS to be born in China. The world’s first gene-edited baby has sparked medical ethics controversy in academia and society.

He Jiankui and other three defendants were sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan (approximately RMB 580,000) by a Shenzhen court in December 2019 for illegally implementing human embryo gene editing and reproductive medical activities for the purpose of reproduction. million Singapore dollars).

 

He Jiankui was released from prison after serving his sentence in April last year, and later established He Jiankui Laboratory in Beijing to engage in scientific research on gene therapy for rare genetic diseases.

In an interview with the British “Guardian” this month, he said that he still keeps in touch with the family of the gene-edited baby, and the child is living a normal life, and revealed that he plans to speak at a series of schools and conferences this year.

 

Di Zhiyuan, a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, said that Gao Caitong aims to attract talents, but not to blindly approve them. If there is a case with criminal records in other places, the Hong Kong government should handle it cautiously. It does not mean that people have academic qualifications and ignore everything. They should also consider the quality and integrity of people, and should not blindly rob people.

 

Di Zhiyuan said that the Hong Kong government has not announced the approval criteria for Gaocaitong, and should take the opportunity to explain to the public.

He worried that if the victim continued to engage in research on modifying human genes after going to Hong Kong, it would cause controversy, and he called on the Hong Kong government to handle it carefully.

 

Hong Kong Talent Network aims to recruit three types of talents, namely annual salary of 2.5 million Hong Kong dollars (the same below, approximately S$430,000) (category A), a bachelor’s degree from a top 100 university in the world, and at least three years of accumulated employment within the five years before application Experience (category B), a bachelor’s degree from a top 100 global university within five years prior to application but less than three years of work experience (category C).

 

According to the website of the Immigration Department, the three types of applicants who apply for visas or entry permits to Hong Kong through Gao Caitong can be considered for approval if they meet the following criteria, including: there is no security reason to refuse the application, and the applicant has no known serious Criminal record; there is an annual quota available for allocation (C category only).

 

According to a report by the online media “Hong Kong 01”, Sun Yuhan, Director of the Hong Kong Labor and Welfare Bureau, attended the first Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Talent Service High-Quality Conference in Guangzhou on Monday (20th) jointly organized by the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.

The summit forum of the Development Conference said that in the past three years, the epidemic has affected the development of talents from all over the world in Hong Kong, and the working population of Hong Kong has shown a downward trend, among which the decline in the highly educated and high-tech population is particularly obvious.

 

Sun Yuhan pointed out that the just-launched High-End Talent Pass Program received more than 10,000 applications within eight weeks, and half of the applicants were under the age of 30, and their annual income exceeded HK$2.5 million, accounting for about one-sixth of the total number of applications.

 

 

The professor was sentenced in the gene-edited baby case NOW was granted a Hong Kong talent pass

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