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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Maria Jasin, speaking at an international summit on human genome editing at the University of Hong Kong last year, has been praised by Shaw Prize judges for the potential her work has for cancer patients and others. Photo: Bryan Galvan

Cornell University scientist Maria Jasin famed for trailblazing DNA research towards cancer breakthrough wins a Shaw Prize in Hong Kong

  • Genetics researcher Jasin given medical award for services to gene-editing
  • Judges say her work must not be tarnished with controversies surrounding embryo modification
Topic |   Science

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Maria Jasin, speaking at an international summit on human genome editing at the University of Hong Kong last year, has been praised by Shaw Prize judges for the potential her work has for cancer patients and others. Photo: Bryan Galvan
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