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China mulls regulating human gene, embryo-related studies in personality legislation
China is considering regulating studies related to human genes or embryos in the draft section of personality rights of the civil code, which was submitted to the top legislature for review Saturday.
Those who conduct medical or scientific studies related to human genes or embryos shall abide by laws, administrative rules and relevant regulations, the draft says, adding that people’s health should not be harmed, nor ethical and moral standards violated.
This marks the first time China has made a fundamental regulation concerning such issues in civil legislation.
The clause was added to the draft section of personality rights of the civil code for its second reading at the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which is in its bimonthly session.