It's CRISPR Crunch Time
China drafts new gene-editing regulations - but concerns over their enforcement remain.
Jonathan James | | Opinion
On 26 February, 2019 – four months on from that bombshell (He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies) – China’s health ministry released a draft set of regulations for public consultation. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established an advisory committee tasked with developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing (1); on March 19, 2019, the WHO met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how to proceed.
Unsurprisingly, He’s wrongdoing has whipped up something of a regulatory frenzy. But will the implementation of a stricter set of rules and respective punishments for their violation deter other scientists from following in his footsteps?
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