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Rational thinking on human gene editing technology
  • Long Chen
Long Chen
Peking University School of Public Health

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Human gene editing technology is a technology to accurately modify human genome or transcription products. Its application and development have opened a new journey for human beings to discover and change their own destiny. With the deepening penetration of gene editing technology into human life, it is urgent to strengthen the risk prevention of its technology. This paper holds that gene therapy and gene enhancement should be strictly distinguished in the specific governance measures of human gene editing technology. Gene therapy should generally be allowed. For gene enhancement, it is strictly forbidden to pursue individual gene enhancement with special endowments. The gene editing behavior against human germ cells and embryos should be resisted in principle and allowed only when exceptions are made.