UN: Experts to develop oversight standards for gene editing

LONDON — The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting next month to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing, months after a Chinese researcher rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he had created the world's first gene-edited babies.

In a statement Thursday, the U.N. health agency announced it had chosen an expert panel to examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges linked to gene editing.

Last November, researcher He Jiankui claimed he altered the DNA of twin girls to make them resistant to HIV, in a move criticized by many scientists as irresponsible.

In January, Chinese investigators said He acted on his own and would be punished for any legal violations. Another embryo yet to be born reportedly resulted from He's experiment.

You may also like these

AP Explains: US targets heart of China's economic...

Apr 10, 2018

President Donald Trump's threat to hike tariffs on technology imports from China strikes at the...

Chip Wars: Tech rivalry underlies US-China trade...

May 3, 2018

Chip wars: US-China trade tensions underscore intense rivalry over key semiconductor expertise

China first home-built aircraft carrier completes...

May 18, 2018

China says its first entirely home-built aircraft carrier has successfully completed five days of...

Foxconn chief: US-China dispute over tech, not...

Jun 6, 2018

The head of Taiwan's Foxconn, which assembles Apple iPhones and other tech products, says...

Tesla will build its 1st factory outside US in...

Jul 11, 2018

Electric car producer Tesla will build its first factory outside the United States in Shanghai,...

About Us

Science Tech Today is all about the present with what’s new in the Science and Technology world. “Keep up with today, and don’t be left behind.”

Contact us: sales[at]sciencetechtoday.com

Subscribe Now!