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Scientists urge pause in editing human genes

By Zhang Yangfei | China Daily | Updated: 2019-03-15 08:08

Call is latest response to controversial experiment by Chinese researcher

More than a dozen top scientists and ethicists from seven countries are calling for a temporary global ban on editing the human germline - heritable DNA in sperm, eggs or embryos - to produce babies.

They published a commentary on Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, led by Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and co-authored by a group of Chinese researchers, including Shao Feng, deputy director at the National Institute of Biological Sciences, and Li Jinsong, professor at Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

Scientists urge pause in editing human genes

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