International – WHO Launches Registry for Gene Editing Studies

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday announced the launch of its global registry for human genome editing research following the second meeting of the agency’s recently formed expert advisory committee on developing standards for governance and oversight of human genome editing.

WHO established the expert committee in December 2018 after Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced he had edited the genes of infant twin girls using CRISPR in an attempt to make them more resistant to HIV infection.
 
After its first meeting in March 2019, the committee called for the creation of a central registry for all human genome editing studies and concluded it is “irresponsible at this time for anyone to proceed with clinical applications of human germline genome editing.”
 
Now, after meeting from 26-28 August in Geneva, the committee recommended that WHO begin work on the registry and announced that it will launch a public consultation to solicit input on the governance of human genome editing…