Monkey brains have been modified with human genes by Chinese scientists in an experiment which has been compared to the dystopian science fiction classic film Planet of the Apes. Photo: Handout

Chinese scientists add human genes to monkey brains in latest ethics controversy

  • Experiments compared to dystopian science fiction classic Planet of the Apes
  • Research follows other controversial projects in China, including last year’s gene-edited twins
Topic |   China science

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Monkey brains have been modified with human genes by Chinese scientists in an experiment which has been compared to the dystopian science fiction classic film Planet of the Apes. Photo: Handout
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Chinese researcher He Jiankui rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Gene editing for human reproduction is ‘irresponsible’, says panel assembled by the World Health Organisation after Chinese researcher He Jiankui revealed his experiment

  • The experts also called for the UN health agency to create a database of scientists working on gene editing
  • Last year, Chinese researcher He Jiankui rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies
Topic |   China science

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Chinese researcher He Jiankui rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP
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