"The nature of this incident is extremely bad, which has seriously damaged the image and interests of the Chinese scientific and technological community", said Huai Jinpen, party secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology.
The more information that comes out about the Chinese researcher who edited the genes of two embryos-now twin newborn girls-the more other experts are concerned about the process the scientist followed, the gene he targeted and the results he achieved.
In light of the global outcry against disgraced researcher He Jiankui, China's Vice-Minister of Science and Technology has confirmed his ministry has ordered a halt to the condemned human gene-editing work.
He's experiment has not been independently verified.
"I feel proud", he said of the birth of the twins, who he said were born normal and healthy.
There already are some rules that should have prevented this, said Alta Charo, a University of Wisconsin lawyer and bioethicist and a conference organiser.
The Guangdong province Health Commission announced on its website on Wednesday that it and Shenzhen city had set up a joint team to investigate the case.
He said gene editing would help protect the girls from HIV, the virus that causes Aids.
Mr He had made the claims at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing being held in Hong Kong.
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He explained that eight couples - comprised of HIV-positive fathers and HIV-negative mothers - had signed up voluntarily for the experiment; one couple later dropped out.
A medical team's quest to edit the genes of babies has been stopped by the Chinese government.
Speaking at the Second International Summit On Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, He, a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, said that the pregnancy is at an early stage, the AP notes.
But He's research has raised serious ethical questions around the transparency of gene editing and sparked calls for a globally binding code of conduct.
The Southern University of Science and Technology has publicly stated that Juinkui's work violates academic ethics and standards, and plans to investigate the work.
Beyond the secrecy and the question of whether any form of gene editing in humans should have taken place, scientists at the conference, including Baltimore, say that this particular use of gene editing was inappropriate, the AP reports.
As if things couldn't get weirder, the university then came out to say the scientist had gone rogue and carried out the study in secret without their knowledge.
He, who was educated at Stanford University, said the twins' DNA was modified using CRISPR, a technique which allows scientists to remove and replace a strand with pinpoint precision.
The case shows "there has been a failure of self-regulation by the scientific community" and said the conference committee would meet and issue a statement on Thursday about the future of the field, Mr Baltimore added.