WHO declares gene editing babies is 'irresponsible' but stops short of a ban

Mail Online | 3/19/2019 | Associated Press
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A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it would be 'irresponsible' for scientists to use gene editing for reproductive purposes, but stopped short of calling for a ban.

The experts also called for the UN health agency to create a database of scientists working on gene editing.

Recommendation - Tuesday - Meeting - Geneva - Challenges

The recommendation was announced Tuesday after a two-day meeting in Geneva to examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges of such research.

'At this time, it is irresponsible for anyone to proceed' with making gene-edited babies since DNA changes could be passed down to future generations, the experts said in a statement.

Year - Chinese - Jiankui - Community - Announcement

Last year, Chinese researcher He Jiankui rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies, altering the DNA of twin girls to try to make them resistant to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

WHO's announcement comes after an international group of scientists and ethicists called for a temporary ban on gene-edited babies in the journal Nature last week.

Margaret - Ann - Hamburg - Co-chair - WHO

Margaret Ann Hamburg, co-chair of the WHO panel, and her colleagues declined to call for a similar prohibition.

'I don't think a vague moratorium is the answer to what needs to be done,' she said. 'What we're trying...
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