British Medical Journal

 Gene editing: China’s new regulations contain concerning loopholes, experts warn
 
China?s new ethics regulations are a step in the right direction in terms of overseeing gene editing research, but there are concerns that private ventures may not be covered.Joy Zhang, founding director of the Centre for Global Science and Epistemic Justice at the University of Kent, said that the regulations apply to traditional medical, scientific, and educational establishments but ?fail to tackle directly how privately funded research and other social ventures will be monitored.? She was speaking at the Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing in London on 6 March.The updated regulations come after researcher He Jiankui?on the eve of the last summit in 2018?announced the birth of the world?s first gene edited babies. After the announcement, He was placed under house arrest and later sentenced to three years? imprisonment for ?illegal medical practice? and given a 3m yuan (329 000; ?386 000; $430 000) fine by a Chinese...