WHO launches genetic research register after designer-baby scandal

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There had been a call to halt all work on germline genome editing, which was used in China last year to genetically modify twin baby girls.

The WHO announced Thursday it will create a global registry to track research into human genetic manipulation, after a call to halt all work on germline genome editing -- used in China last year to genetically modify twin baby girls.

"But some uses of these technologies also pose unique and unprecedented challenges -– ethical, social, regulatory and technical,” he added. About 30 nations currently have legislation directly or indirectly barring all clinical use of germline editing.

 

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