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WHO To Establish Panel To Study Gene Editing; Chinese Scientist’s Whereabouts Unknown, University Denies Claims Of Detention

Associated Press: World Health Organization wants panel to study gene editing
“The chief of the World Health Organization says his agency is assembling experts to consider the health impacts of gene editing. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that gene editing ‘cannot be just done without clear guidelines’ and experts should ‘start from a clean sheet and check everything’…” (12/3).

South China Morning Post: University denies ‘Chinese Frankenstein’ He Jiankui detained over gene-edited babies claim
“A university in southern China has dismissed claims that its controversial former employee He Jiankui, the scientist who claimed to have produced the world’s first gene-edited babies, has been detained. A spokeswoman for the Shenzhen-based Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTC) said: ‘Right now nobody’s information is accurate, only the official channels are’…” (Zhang, 12/3).

Additional coverage of this story is available from Agence France-Presse, The AtlanticThe Hill, and Reuters.

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