Human Genome Editing: World Health Organization and Global Governance

Nearly two years has passed since news broke of the world’s first gene-edited babies in China in November 2018, triggering a global outcry about the risks of human genome editing and the creation of ‘designer babies’. This swiftly led to the establishment of an Expert Advisory Committee on Human Genome Editing in February 2019 by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (‘the WHO’). This Expert Committee is expected to publish its final recommendations for global governance and regulation of human genome editing technology later this year and in doing so there are big issues to tackle.
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Human gene editing: from evolution to revolution? Why we need fertility and wider law reform part IV

On Thursday 3 September 2020, The International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing published its long awaited report. It was tasked with addressing the scientific considerations of human gene editing. It sets out a framework for scientists, clinicians, and regulatory authorities and states to consider when assessing potential clinical applications of human heritable genome editing (‘HHGE’).
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Ovarian rejuvenation: another option for a successful pregnancy?

An experimental technique known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has recently attracted headlines as a potential fertility treatment to delay or even overcome the menopause and help women get pregnant. This follows results of a small pilot study conducted at the Genesis Athens Fertility Clinic in Greece from 2017 to 2019. However, large scale trials are required to gain more understanding about this technique.
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The global legal identity gap

In recent years legal identity has become an important and evolving issue in international policy circles. A legal identity helps ensure a child has access to justice and legal protections. However, legal identity is not defined in international law and this coupled with conflicting and discriminatory laws around the world, poverty and civil disruption results in a global legal identity gap. As such, there is growing understanding that more needs to be done and that legal identity extends beyond existing frameworks based on biology, legal parentage and ties with family and private life.
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