Committee says no to germ-line genome editing in human beings

The Committee on Social Affairs today reiterated the Council of Europe’s call for “a ban on establishing a pregnancy using germ-line cells or human embryos which have undergone intentional genome editing”.

The unanimously adopted declaration recalls that the current scientific consensus is that the use of such new genetic technologies in human beings is not safe, notwithstanding the announcement of the purported birth of two babies in China following genome intervention.

While considering urgent a broad and informed public debate on the subject, the parliamentarians underlined that “deliberate germ-line editing in human beings crosses a line viewed as ethically inviolable by the Parliamentary Assembly”.