He Jiankui announced the birth of gene-edited twins in November last year. Photo: AP

Chinese science minister warns scientists not to overstep ethical bounds after He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies scandal

  • Wang Zhigang condemns research such as He Jiankui’s manipulation of twins’ DNA
  • Minister admits developments in fields such as Artificial Intelligence pose ethical concerns as the law struggles to keep up with technological changes
Topic |   Two Sessions 2019 (Lianghui)

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He Jiankui announced the birth of gene-edited twins in November last year. Photo: AP
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A sperm injection microscope is used in preparation for injecting embryos in Shenzhen in southern China. Photo: AP

China drafts gene editing rules after ‘Frankenstein’ He Jiankui’s embryo experiments

  • Such technologies could be classed as high-risk and placed under the authority of the country’s State Council
  • It was claimed Chinese scientist He had altered the DNA of twin girls born in November, provoking ethical concerns
Topic |   China science

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A sperm injection microscope is used in preparation for injecting embryos in Shenzhen in southern China. Photo: AP
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