Stanford has launched a review into several faculty members’ ties to He Jiankui, a former postdoctoral fellow who claimed in November that he had successfully edited the embryos of twin girls.
On Nov. 28, He Jianku — a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford from 2011-2012 — announced to hundreds of scientists, colleagues and journalists that he had created the world’s first genetically edited babies: twin girls with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana whose DNA he claims to have altered to make them HIV-resistant.
On Oct. 2, developmental biology assistant professor Alistair Boettiger and psychiatry and behavioral sciences assistant professor Manish Saggar received the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s New Innovator Award to fund their respective research projects on genome folding and the computational methods for understanding the human brain.
According to a March perspective piece by three Stanford researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine, while there is tremendous potential for machine learning to aid in expanded electronic records, efficient data-mining and health monitoring, there are also relevant challenges that may hinder the efficacy of machine learning systems in medical practice.
Students are taught how to examine a DNA sequence and given the option of studying their own genetic data.