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comes in time because, if passed, it will provide better regulations of the gene-editing activities over embryos.
Besides, the draft law did not list clearly the definition of gene-edited em
bryos. Technically speaking, if a fertilized egg is genetically edited and grows into an embr
yo, the total process should be considered gene-editing of embryo and put under the regulation of the law.
Zhang Dake, an associate researcher at Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
In the past, “health rights” mainly referred to the right to stay healthy and free from injuries. T
he draft amendment this time follows the latest progresses in genetic technologies by extending its defin
ition to cover genetic resources, and will be a guiding principle for relevant disputes in the future.
More importantly, the civil code is a guiding law for all laws in the ci
vil sector. If the draft amendment passes, more related laws, regulations as well as sta
ndards will be amended or drafted in the future, which is a major progress in legislation.