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WASHINGTON Cheap Hurricanes Hats , Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- An international group of 11 organizations with genetics expertise on Thursday issued a joint policy statement, urging a "cautious but proactive approach" to germline gene editing, an emerging field with enormous potential to treat inherited diseases and even cancer.

The policy statement, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, came a day after researchers from the United States Cheap Hurricanes T-Shirts , South Korea and China reported safely repairing a disease-causing gene in human embryos by using a gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9.

"At this time, it is inappropriate to perform germline gene editing that culminates in human pregnancy," said the policy statement.

However, "there is currently no reason to prohibit in vitro (outside of a living organism) germline genome editing research, with appropriate oversight and consent Cheap Hurricanes Hoodie , or to prohibit public funding for such research," it wrote.

Further, the group agreed that before any future clinical application of germline gene editing takes place, there should be preconditions such as a compelling medical rationale to use this approach.

CRISPR-Cas9, first introduced in 2013 Custom Hurricanes Jerseys , has quickly become widely used in genetics research due to the ease with which it can be customized and its effectiveness across cell types and species.

There is considerable interest in using this tool in somatic cells -- to develop cell-based therapeutics, for example -- as well as in germline cells, the focus of this statement and an ethically more complex issue because of potential effects on not just the treated individual but also future generations.

"While germline genome editing could theoretically be used to prevent a child being born with a genetic disease, its potential use also raises a multitude of scientific, ethical Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys , and policy questions," Derek Scholes, director of science policy for the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), said in a press release.

"These questions cannot all be answered by scientists alone, but also need to be debated by society Teuvo Teravainen Hurricanes Jersey ," Scholes said.

Professor Frances Flinter, consultant in clinical genetics of Guy's and St Thomass NHS Foundation Trust in Britain, said the policy statement is "timely and well balanced."

"There are so many uncertainties and potentially serious risks that it would be extremely irresponsible to embark on any form of germline genome editing that results in a human pregnancy at present," Flinter said.

"Further research, however Jaccob Slavin Hurricanes Jersey , performed in a strictly regulated environment, as in the UK, may yield useful information about potential clinical applications."

The policy statement was jointly authored by the ASHG, the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors, the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors Victor Rask Hurricanes Jersey , the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

It was also endorsed by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics, the British Society for Genetic Medicine, the Human Genetics Society of Australasia Scott Darling Hurricanes Jersey , the Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia, and the Southern African Society for Human Genetics.

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MANILA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines will push for six "thematic priorities" during this year's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), coinciding with the 50th founding anniversary of the regional bloc, officials said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the six priorities that the Philippines will pursue are people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN; peace and stability in the region; maritime security and cooperation; inclusive innovation and growth; ASEAN's resiliency; and ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player.

"Our ASEAN 2017 theme rings through: We Are Partners for Change, Engaging the World," he said in a news briefing in Malacanang, the presidential palace.

Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Enrique Manalo said the "milestone event" is an occasion for ASEAN to reflect on its success and achievements during the last 50 years and to prepare for the new challenges ahead in the region.

To carry out the ASEAN 2017 priorities, he said the Philippines will be hosting around 100 meetings spread throughout selected cities and regions of the country.

"With 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN, the Philippines will also organize commemorative activities to celebrate this milestone in addition to the ASEAN meetings that we will be holding," he added.

Andanar said the government will launch the ASEAN hosting in Davao on Jan. 15, the 30th ASEAN Summit in April, the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and related meetings in August, and the 31st ASEAN Summit at Clark in northern province of Pampanga in November.

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