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Japan’s health ministry recommended a ban on implanting genetically modified human embryos, warning that such procedures could lead to a market for ‘designer babies.’

In brief:

  • The Japanese government originally moved to allow genome editing of human embryos in 2018.
  • The Japanese health ministry has issued an expert report recommending a ban on implanting all gene-edited human embryos.
  • The recommendation was issued by an expert panel, which said that allowing gene-edited embryos to move forward in gestation posed serious health risks for both the infant and potential future generations
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