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The world is still not ready for the gene-edited child: scientists



Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press

Published in Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:21 AM EST

HONG KONG – A group of leading scientists have said it is not too early to try to make lasting DNA changes that may be inherited by future generations, as the Chinese researchers have done.

Scientists gathered in Hong Kong this week to conduct an international conference on gene editing, the ability to rewrite life code to prevent or prevent illness.

Even though science is committed to helping people who are born, and despite the ongoing examinations, the statement issued by the 14 major congressmen responds that it is not well known that those responsible, sperm or embryos, except in the laboratory research. about its dangers or safety.

The congress has been a Chinese researcher's claim to help the world's first gene-edited babies, twin girls said they were born earlier this month. The conference drivers called for an independent investigation into the Jin Jiankui claim, Wednesday's group as a national critique based on its claim.

He did not assert any independent assertion with him. He spoke on Thursday in a speech, but left Hong Kong and said through the spokesman, "I will continue to work in China, my country of home, and all my work questions will be discussed. My raw data will be available for third-party reviews."

Some prominent scientists say that the case was a failure of the police and that it needed more stringent principles or regulations.

"It's not an irrational scientific community to expect," said David Baltimore, a Nobel Prize laureate from the California Institute of Technology.

There are already some rules that prevented what they said, said Alta Charo, a Wisconsin lawyer and bioethics and organizing conference.

"I think he has failed, not the scientific community," said Charo.

The assembly of genes for reproductive purposes should be considered in the future, "but only when the need for medical care is credible", clear understanding of risks and benefits, and other conditions, said Dr. Victor Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine of the United States, one of the sponsoring conferences.

"The follow-up of these rules would not be an act of negligence," he added.

The other sponsors of the three-day conference are the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom and the United States National Academy of Sciences and the United States National Academic Science.


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