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Analysis of CRISPR baby documents reveals more ethical violations


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Analysis of CRISPR baby documents reveals more ethical violations

Health 13 January 2020 By Michael Le Page He Jiankui was jailed for forging ethical review materialsANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty ImagesThe seven couples involved in the CRISPR babies experiment in China were misinformed about what it involved, were pressured to take part and faced severe financial penalties if they withdrew after getting IVF, according to…

Analysis of CRISPR baby documents reveals more ethical violations


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13 January 2020

By Michael Le Page

He Jiankui

He Jiankui was jailed for forging ethical review materials

ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images

The seven couples involved in the CRISPR babies experiment in China were misinformed about what it involved, were pressured to take part and faced severe financial penalties if they withdrew after getting IVF, according to a damning analysis of the consent process.

The project would have been unethical even if the aim wasn’t to create the first ever gene-edited children, says bioethicist David Shaw at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who carried out the analysis. “It’s just wrong in terms of research ethics,” he says. …

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