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China Sees Promise, not Danger in Crispr Gene-Editing Trials

publication date: Jan 23, 2018

China researchers have treated 86 cancer patients with genetically modified versions of their own immune cells. Using Crispr-Cas9 tools, the scientists have removed a small section of the patients' T-cell DNA that prevents the immune cells from destroying cancer. There are no similar trials in the US because, according to a Wall Street Journal article (see story), the regulatory systems are so different in the two countries. Until a year ago, China treated cell and gene therapies, particularly autologous cell therapies, as natural substances. Now they are considered drugs and reviewed by the CFDA, which ChinaBio® believes will align China and US regulations more closely. More details....

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