CHINESE SCIENTISTS REPORTEDLY LOST TRACK OF GENE-EDITED PATIENTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


CHINESE SCIENTISTS REPORTEDLY LOST TRACK OF GENE-EDITED PATIENTS

China is finally looking into its scientists’ human gene-editing trials — but some patients are already out of view.

According a newly published Wall Street Journal story, Chinese scientists using CRISPR technology provided by the startup Anhui Kedgene Biotechnology have lost touch with at least some of the late-stage cancer patients whose DNA they altered.

That means no one knows for sure how the editing may have affected the patients in the longer term — and according to experts, that lack of follow-up could affect CRISPR research far beyond China’s borders.

Keeping Tabs
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration recommends that researchers follow up with patients involved in gene therapy trials for 15 years. No such recommendation exists in China, however, and Chinese CRISPR researchers’ lack of extended follow-up could prove disastrous as the nascent technology finds its footing.

Feng Zhang, one of the inventors of CRISPR, told The WSJ that gene-editing trials “hinge upon rigorous trial design and follow-ups.” Jennifer Doudna, another CRISPR inventor, said it’s “vital” that researchers conduct long-term monitoring of gene-edited patients

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, gene editing; what could possibly go wrong, except patients walking away for scientific monitoring?!?

The developers of this technology .... have some 'splaining to do!!

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