National Health Commission should monitor all gene-editing centers and IVF clinics in China to ensure trials are in line with regulations.
A national registry dedicated to clinical trials involving cell technologies should be established to pro
mote greater transparency, they said, so that before a trial begins scientists would need to pass an
ethics review and provide a list of names of all participating scientists and institutions.
Universities and research institutes should strengthen education and
training in bioethics and scientific and medical professionalism, covering research sci
entists and students of science, medicine and the humanities at all levels, they said.
In addition, more efforts should be undertaken to eliminate prejudice against people wi
th disabilities, which exists in the minds of some scholars, they said. Following the gene-edited baby incid
ent, government departments have vowed to improve supervision, and new regulations are being made or revised.
More than 2.5 million tourists visited West Lake in Zhejiang province over the May Day holiday.
What caught the attention of many of them was the presence of a team of eight intern
ational students, all wearing yellow vests and Bluetooth headsets, and riding electric scooters.
The eight were studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital. They are the first internatio
nal volunteer team serving at the famous spot, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
The foreign volunteers are from India, Mongolia, Banglade
sh, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen.
“As Hangzhou is seeing an increasing number of individual travelers from abroad followin
g the 2016 G20 Summit … we have been considering how to diversify our volunteer forces during h
olidays and peak seasons for years,” said Liu Jian, director of the volunteer program.
The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.
The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A
pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.
Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex
pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T
he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.
“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e
merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.