The Challenges of Medical Ethics in China: Are Gene-Edited Babies Enough?
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Recently, Jian-kui He, a professor from the Southern University of Science and Technology in China, announced the first gene-edited twin babies “immune to HIV” using CRISPR-Cas9, and disclosed the details about his work at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong (Cyranoski and Ledford 2018), causing a big controversy in the science and medical community. Similarly, on November 17, 2017, Professor Xiao-ping Ren and colleagues from Harbin Medical University in China, also announced the first human head-transplantation on a corpse (SinaTech, http://news.sina.com.cn/o/2017-11-19/doc-ifynwnty5107206.shtml). These experiments, though prohibited in other countries, were approved by the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) of the hospitals where the research was conducted, though not by the universities with which the researchers were affiliated. Why is this the case in China?
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Zeng Jie Ye: Dr. Ye conceptualized and designed the study, drafted the initial manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted. Xiao Ying Zhang: Dr. Zhang coordinated data collection, critically reviewed the manuscript and approved the final manuscript as submitted. Jian Liang: Dr. Liang coordinated data collection, critically reviewed the manuscript and approved the final manuscript as submitted. Ying Tang: Dr. Tang coordinated data collection, critically reviewed the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted.
This research was funded by grants from Research Fund for Talented Scholars of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (A1-AFD018), Innovative Project of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (2016KYTD08).
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