First genetically modified babies case in China. Bioethics appraoch after latest offical investigations

After the statement from Chinese geneticist Jiankui He that he and his team had achieved the birth of the first genetically modified babies (that our Observatory covered extensively, see HERE), the Chinese government ordered an official investigation that has now confirmed the...

Legal aspects to take into account in the case of genetically modified babies in China

INTRODUCTION The news has come to light in numerous media: Chinese researcher He Jiankui and his team at SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology of China) in Shenzhen have produced the first two genetically-modified human beings using the CRISPR-CAS9 technique...

“Gene-edited babies” in China. What has said the coinventor of CRISPR technique, Jennifer Doudna?

Jennifer Doudna said, “It is a matter of when and where the gene editing technology will be used in human embryos”. As we commented HERE a Chinese scientist claimed he has used the CRISPR gene-editing science to produce two infants who will be resistant to HIV...

The first genetically modified babies in China

A number of media outlets have reported the news: Chinese scientists produce genetically edited babies for the first time (see HERE and HERE. According to He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist responsible, his team has managed to obtain the first babies genetically modified in the...

Sex disparity on a continental scale. Male-heavy generation in China and India

In China and India, men outnumber women by 70 million. Both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this male-heavy generation. Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and...

China’s pollution endangers its population’s health and life but continues with an uncontrolled growing

See video below  Extreme China’s air pollution is so that independent research group Berkeley Earth estimated it contributed to 1.6 million deaths per year in the country. The smog is heaviest in northern industrial provinces such as Shanxi, the dominant coal mining region, and...

Ears made in China, using 3D printing technique, are implanted in 5 children

A team of Chinese scientists has been able to implant ears created using an experimental technology that combines cultured patient’s cells with 3D printing in five children. The children suffered from microtia, a congenital external ear deformity that affects one in every...

Another new ethical scandal in China. Fraudulent and cahotic situation as regards clinical trials

More than 80% of data from clinical trials conducted in China are fraudulent (see BMJ report HERE), after objective technical failures were found in 1,308 out of 1,622 trials that evaluated new drugs. A report released by China’s State Food and Drug Administration on 9th...

Animal cloning. Large factory set up in China

At the beginning of 2016, an animal cloning centre – company BoyaLife – began operation in China, with an investment of 31.3 million US dollars. The aim is to clone cows, dogs and racehorses. The aim is to produce a million cow embryos annually to facilitate the...

Around the debate of CRISPR human experiments. New global registry is proposed and a moratorium in reproductive germline editing

There’s an “urgent need” to create a transparent global registry that would list all experiments related to human genome editing, an expert committee convened to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The international committee of 18 researchers and bioethicists,...