CRISPR’d Babies – A Discussion with Matt Porteus

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Hank Greely and Matt Porteus discuss the recent announcement of the birth of two genetically modified babies by He Jiankui.

Matt Porteus is a Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University. His research program focuses on developing genome editing by homologous recombination as curative therapy for children with genetic diseases but he also has interests in the clonal dynamics of heterogeneous populations and the use of genome editing to better understand diseases that affect children including infant leukemias and genetic diseases that affect the muscle. He was involved in the planning of the conference where He Jiankui made his announcement and was one of the first people to interview He about his work.

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