Medical experts in Shenzhen are mulling over an ethical assessment regulations on human-related biomedical studies on the heels of strong condemn against a local researcher's claim of creating world's first genetically edited babies.
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An evaluation meeting of the regulation was held by Shenzhen PKU-HKUST Medical Center on Tuesday according to the organizer's official website.
The center is a modern medical research institution jointly established by Shenzhen government, Peking University and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
However, Shenzhen's Health and Family Planning Commission, local authority of the medical industry, told China Daily that compiling such a regulation was in one of their annual plans made in the beginning of the year and the meeting had no relation with "other events."
A biological researcher He Jiankui last month announced that twin baby girls were born in Shenzhen after genetically edited for immunity to HIV infection.
More than 120 scholars from prestigious universities and institutes strongly condemned in a signed statement that the research lacks effective ethics oversight and amounts to human experiment.