Global Governance

Global governance of human biotechnologies refers to agreements among nations, and to statements and policies issued by international organizations. The most authoritative international agreement to date is the Council of Europe’s 1997 Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, a binding treaty that bans inheritable genetic modification and human reproductive cloning. UNESCO, the European Parliament, the Group of Eight industrial nations, the World Health Assembly, and the United Nations have also issued declarations or statements about human biotechnologies, particularly on human reproductive cloning.

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There’s an “urgent need” to create a transparent global registry that would list all experiments related to human genome editing, an expert committee convened to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The international committee of 18 researchers and...

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When the journal Science chose the radical gene-editing technology CRISPR as its 2015 breakthrough of the year, the editorial team closed its description on a dire note. “For better or worse, we all now live in CRISPR’s world,” they wrote....

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In a little over a decade, the number of foreign children adopted by Spanish parents has plunged from 5,541 to...

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It’s been two months since Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world with the announcement that his lab had created...

White pencil writing a double strand of DNA on a blue background

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Depiction of CRISPR--purple strand of DNA being cut from them middle of two orange strands

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Microscopic picture of IVF embryo

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Blue strand of double helix DNA on black background

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