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Rubio, Feinstein, Reed Introduce Bipartisan Resolution for International Ethical Standards for Gene-Editing Research

Jul 15, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for the creation of international ethical standards for gene-editing research.
The resolution is in response to the November 2018 announcement that Chinese scientists genetically edited embryos, resulting in the birth of two babies.  
“As we continue to develop groundbreaking therapies to prevent and cure diseases, it’s clear that gene-editing has incredible potential,” Rubio said. “However, there are dangerous and unethical ramifications if countries perform unrestricted and unethical experiments on humans to advance the science of gene editing. There has been global outcry in response to unethical gene editing experiments, and scientists have warned of the potential long-term consequences that could impact generations. As we move forward, it’s vital that the United States lead the way in creating ethical standards for gene-editing research.”
“Gene editing is a powerful technology that has the potential to lead to new therapies for devastating and previously untreatable diseases,” Feinstein said. “However, like any new technology, there is potential for misuse. The international community must establish standards for gene-editing research to develop global ethical principles and prevent unethical researchers from moving to whichever country has the loosest regulations.”
The full text of the resolution can be found here.