Annotated story

Storygram: Marilynn Marchione’s “Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies”


When a Chinese scientist named He Jiankui revealed in November 2018 that twin babies had been born with genes he had edited using CRISPR gene-editing technology, science reporters jumped on the story. This is one of two CRISPR Storygrams, written by Marilynn Marchione for The Associated Press. The annotation is by Jill U. Adams. The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, was a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It was supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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Marilynn Marchione

Published By:

Associated Press


November 26, 2018

Annotated by:

Jill U. Adams