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WHO says creating panel to study gene editing

The World Health Organization said Monday it is creating a panel to study the implications of gene editing after a Chinese scientist controversially claimed to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies. "It cannot just be done without clear guidelines," the head of the United Nations health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters in Geneva. "WHO is putting together experts and we are working with member states...to discuss the standards and guidelines that can cover the ethical and social…

China orders halt to gene-editing after outcry over babies

SHANGHAI:  The Chinese government on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies. Scientist He Jiankui said this week that he used a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of the twin girls born this month. He’s announcement, which has not been verified, sparked an international outcry about the ethics and safety of such research. “The nature of this…