WHO issues new recommendations on human genome editing for the advancement of public health

20 July 2021

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In December 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) established an expert advisory committee to examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges associated with human genome editing.

On 12 July 2021, two new companion reports were published by the WHO, the first providing global recommendations to help establish human genome editing as a tool for public health, with an emphasis on safety, effectiveness and ethics. The second report presents a new governance framework, which identifies specific tools, institutions and scenarios to illustrate practical challenges in implementing, regulating and overseeing research into the human genome.

Source: WHO, 12 July 2021