A breakthrough by Chinese scientists in gene-editing technology has raised the prospect of approved human clinical trials in just one or two years’ time. Photo: Handout

Gene-editing breakthrough in China comes with urgent call for global rules

  • Leading Chinese scientist warns approved modified babies could be just a year or two away
  • Technology could be used as a weapon of mass destruction without regulation
Topic |   China science

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A breakthrough by Chinese scientists in gene-editing technology has raised the prospect of approved human clinical trials in just one or two years’ time. Photo: Handout
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.