World Health Organization experts said last week it would be irresponsible for any scientist who would perform human gene studies in humans. They also called for a central registry for gene editing studies to ensure that scientists are open and honest about their work.
The WHO group was founded three months ago after a Chinese scientist announced that he had edited the genes of twin babies. They met for the first time last Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.
The group stated that it had agreed to establish rules for gene editing research in a way. She also called on WHO to set up a registry for such studies without delay.
"The committee will … provide guidelines for anyone working on this new technology," said WHO's chief scientist, Soumya Swamanathan.
Last year A Chinese scientist claimed to have worked on the genes of two baby girls. They were born by the same mother in the same pregnancy.
The news of the births led to convictions worldwide. Many people believed it could be the beginning of "designer babies," children whose genes have been edited to give them desirable qualities or qualities.
Scientists and ethicists from seven countries recently demanded the abrogation of the gene Processing would lead to genetically modified babies. They warned that the process could have lasting and potentially harmful effects on humans.
The WHO Group stated in a statement that the processing of human genes should be for research purposes only. He also said that genetic modification experiments should not be performed on humans.
The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, welcomed the group's plans. "Gene editing holds great promise for health, but it also carries some risks, both ethically and medically," he said.
The group said it intends to create governance rules for national, local and international officials over the next two years to ensure that the editing science of the human genome progresses within agreed ethical limits.
I am Susan Shand.
Reuters reported on this story. Susan Shand adapted it for VOA, which learns English. George Grow was the publisher.
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words in this story
edit – v. Making changes, correcting errors
Ethics – n. Rules of conduct based on notions of morally good and bad
Pose – v. Place ; create