China set to introduce gene-editing regulation following CRISPR-baby furore

nature | May 20, 2019

China is poised to introduce a new regulation on gene editing in humans. A draft of the country’s new civil code lists human genes and embryos in a section on personality rights to be protected. Experiments on genes in adults or embryos that endanger human health or violate ethical norms can accordingly be seen as a violation of a person’s fundamental rights. Lawyers say the regulation would mean that anyone who manipulates genes in humans is responsible for what happens to a person. “The law makes clear that those who do research with human genes and embryos cannot endanger human health or violate ethics,” says Zhang Peng, a criminal-law scholar at Beijing Wuzi University. China has been revising its civil code — the overarching legal framework that governs non-criminal disputes in areas such as marriage, inheritance and personal rights — since 2002. The latest draft was submitted last month to the country’s chief legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and is likely to be adopted next March.

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The news was full of CRISPR developments in 2015. New insights into the structures and mechanisms of CRISPR systems were reported. New tools and techniques were introduced. And new applications were explored. The newest CRISPR developments usually appear in peer-reviewed studies that emphasize incremental improvements. These studies tend to be highly focused and technically oriented, and hence fairly narrow. Taken as a whole, however, CRISPR studies form a broad and steadily advancing front, as this ebook demonstrates.

Spotlight

The news was full of CRISPR developments in 2015. New insights into the structures and mechanisms of CRISPR systems were reported. New tools and techniques were introduced. And new applications were explored. The newest CRISPR developments usually appear in peer-reviewed studies that emphasize incremental improvements. These studies tend to be highly focused and technically oriented, and hence fairly narrow. Taken as a whole, however, CRISPR studies form a broad and steadily advancing front, as this ebook demonstrates.

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