This week the world's media has been gripped by the birth of what are purported to be the world's first genome-edited babies.
BioNews has a global reach and reputation, as does the charity which publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). But readers may be surprised to learn that Ryan Ferrell – the PR man who worked with Dr He – had been in touch with us back in October to ask PET's views about the ethical implications of genome editing, particularly in terms of equality of access. We shared with him the findings of our 'Basic Understanding of Genome Editing' project and he shared with us research on public attitudes to genome editing in China.
Little did we know that a pregnancy was already established. Nor did we know at the time that Ferrell worked in PR and not academia.
On Monday, as Shaoni Bhattacharya – our Science Editor – was writing up her article, Ferrell phoned the BioNews office as he felt he owed us an explanation. Unfortunately, we didn't get a quote from him.
So as ever PET – a charity whose team equates to three full-time employees – was at the centre of things, even though we weren't able to attend the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing.
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