WHO Expert Panel on Human Gene Editing a ‘Very Good Step,’ says Georgetown Medical Ethicist
WASHINGTON (December 14, 2018) — Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it is establishing a “global multi-disciplinary expert panel to examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges associated with human gene editing.”
The announcement follows a Chinese scientist’s claim that he performed genetic editing to create twin girls who are resistant to HIV — the first known case of humans undergoing genetic editing before birth.
Georgetown medical ethicist Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, commends the WHO effort, describing the announcement as a “very good step.”
“Contemporary science is a globalized enterprise and can’t be regulated merely by enacting a patchwork of national laws. International ethical standards have become a necessity.”
Sulmasy is a member of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center and serves as acting director of Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
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