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The world is not yet ready for babies-defined babies: scientists


Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press

Published Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:21 EST

HONG KONG – A group of leading scientists has stated that it is still too early to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by generations and future, as a Chinese researcher claims to have do.

The scientists in Hong Kong gathered this week for an international conference on gene genes, the ability to rewrite a life code to try to correct or prevent diseases.

Although the science promises to help people who are already born, there is a statement released on Thursday by 14 conference conferencing leaders saying it is irresponsible to put on eggs, sperm or embryos because there is not enough Information about its risks or security.

The conference was created by the Chinese researcher's claim that he had helped make the babies of the nation's first genes, who said he was born earlier this month. Conference leaders called for an independent inquiry into the claim from He Jiankui from Shenzhen, who spoke to the group on Wednesday as an international criticism of their application.

A number of prominent scientists said the case showed the failure of the field to the police itself and the need for tighter principles or regulations.

There are some rules that should have already stopped this, Alta Charo, a lawyer of the University of Wisconsin and a biologist and conference organizer said.

"I believe it was the failure, not the scientific community," said Charo.

The two-day conference was sponsored by the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. and the United States National Academy of Medicine.

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