One reason for publishing the article on Nature was to sho

show the resolve of the government and ethics scholars in China to improve ethical compliance in the sciences, Zhai said.

In the commentary, the four scholars said the government should release clearer rules and regulations on the use of tech

nologies and hand down sharper punishments to offenders, including disqualifying them from scientific research.

“Self-regulation of scientists is unlikely to be enough, given their potential conflicts of i

nterest under market pressures. Thus, top-down regulation is crucial,” they said.

The scholars suggested that authorities such as the National Health Commission should

monitor all gene-editing centers and IVF clinics in China to ensure trials are in line with regulations.

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