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Japan implements the fertilized eggs genome editing policy for medica

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The Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of the Ministry of Culture of Japan began a research policy on April 1. The application of genome editing technology to human fertilized eggs, which can effectively alter target genes, is limited to basic research aimed at assisted reproductive medicine. It is forbidden to put back the uterus of human or animal.

According to Kyodo News Agency on April 2, research institutes wishing to carry out relevant research can conduct research after being approved by the internal ethics review committee and the state's two-stage review.

Genome editing is subject to international criticism due to its security and ethical problems. The aim of this policy is to prevent genetic editing of infants and other research to a certain extent.

The policy requires the use of the remaining fertilized eggs in infertility treatment and the consent of the couple providing the fertilized eggs. The study should be completed within 14 days after fertilization and the used fertilized eggs should be discarded immediately.