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Title: Making sense of it all: Ethical reflections on the conditions surrounding the first genome-edited babies
Authors: Mills, P.
Chen, Q.
Ma, Y.
Labude, M. 
Schaefer, G.O. 
Xafis, V. 
Keywords: CRISPR-Cas9
Gene editing
He Jiankui
Human germline genome editing
Research ethics
Research governance
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2021
Publisher: F1000 Research Ltd
Citation: Mills, P., Chen, Q., Ma, Y., Labude, M., Schaefer, G.O., Xafis, V. (2021-06-23). Making sense of it all: Ethical reflections on the conditions surrounding the first genome-edited babies. Wellcome Open Research 5 : 216. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: In November 2018 the birth of the first genome-edited human beings was announced by Chinese scientist, He Jiankui. The ensuing ethical controversy, institutional investigations and legal proceedings led to the revision of standards, rules and procedures at many levels. Arguably, however, these developments have not fundamentally changed the conditions or the culture that nourished He Jiankui's vaulting ambition in the first place and enabled it to find expression. In this paper we explore the clinical, regulatory and societal circumstances of the 'gene-edited baby' case, the political, cultural and economic conditions that created a radical and dangerous climate for biotechnology innovation, and the responsibilities of the international research community, many of whose members were apprised of Dr He's intentions. The aim is not to heap anathemas on the heads of implicated individuals but to draw attention to the need for different communities (researchers, authorities and domestic publics) to play a part actively in the governance of biomedical innovation and for research to be bridled by human values. © 2021 Chen Q et al.
Source Title: Wellcome Open Research
ISSN: 2398-502X
DOI: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16295.2
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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