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  • Designer babies: UN panel warns against 'editing human DNA'

    UNITED NATIONS: Warning that rapid advances in genetics make 'designer babies' an increasing possibility, a United Nations panel called for a moratorium on editing the human genome, pending wider public debate lest changes in DNA be transmitted to future generations or foster eugenics...

    While acknowledging the therapeutic value of genetic interventions, the panel stressed that the process raises serious concerns, especially if the...

  • Over 100 scientists say baby gene editing is ‘crazy’

    In videos posted online, scientist He Jiankui defended what he claimed to have achieved, saying he had performed the embryonic gene editing to help protect the babies born this month from infection with HIV, the virus that causes Aids...

    Yang Zhengang, a Fudan University professor, said he signed the letter because gene editing was “very dangerous”...

  • China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

    BEIJING: A Chinese scientist who stoked criticism over his claim that he had created the world’s first genetically-edited babies faced mounting pressure on Thursday as China ordered a halt to his scientific activities and warned he may have broken the law...

    China’s National Health Commission has ordered an investigation into He Jiankui’s experiment, which was condemned by the scientific community in China and abroad
  • ‘Unregistered’ drugs for PIC patients

    LAHORE: “Unregistered” life-saving medicines are being administered to cardiac patients at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore ignoring the fact that such practice had claimed lives of over 100 patients registered with the institute in 2012...

    The PIC management has been procuring the medicines for the last many years in sheer violation of the Drug Regulatory Authority Act 2012 which categorically states: “such drugs shall...

  • Complaints: PIC head’s removal ‘on the cards’

    A senior official privy to the development told Dawn on Sunday the chief minister had assigned the task to the search committee to find a suitable candidate to replace Prof Zakaria as PIC head...

    The shortlisted candidates included senior cardiologist of PIC (Lahore) Prof Dr Nadeem Hayat Malik, Allama Iqbal Medical College cardiology department head Prof Dr Zubair Akram, Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology Chief Executive Prof Dr Azhar...

  • Junior doctor appointed PIC cardiology dept head

    Prof Malick, who was appointed as head of the institute a few weeks back by the Punjab government, bypassed many senior doctors of the PIC as well as other medical institutes of the province amid tall claims of the chief minister with regard to observing ‘zero tolerance’ towards merit violation...

    Nearly a 200-bed cardiology section of the PIC, Lahore, is said to be the largest department of any public sector health facility in the...

  • ATA, murder attempt sections added to case against PIC medics

    LAHORE: The police on Monday added anti-terrorism and attempt to murder sections to the FIR registered against attacking doctors and paramedics of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for allegedly torturing and injuring some lawyers on the premises of the health facility...

    On the other hand, the doctors and paramedics also observed a strike at the PIC, giving a warning that they would expand scope of protest in case of arrest of...

  • Over 500 patients discharged from PIC after attack

    According to officials, some of the patients were referred to other health facilities following health complications, while various others had left the PIC themselves to avoid any untoward incident when scores of charged lawyers forced their entry into the institute...

    In a related development, PIC Medical Superintendent Dr Mohammad Ameer, in his report sent to the Punjab government, has said the institute also suffered massive damage...

  • Senior bar members demand judicial inquiry into PIC attack

    LAHORE: The legal fraternity on Friday boycotted courts across the country against the arrest of lawyers in the wake of the attack on Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), while senior leaders of the bar demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident...

    At a press conference at the Lahore registry of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), several senior bar figures termed the attack on the PIC a national tragedy and called for a...

  • Attack on PIC opportunity for introspection and self-accountability: CJP Khosa

    Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Saturday said that the "tragic, unbelievable and shocking" attack on Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) earlier this week is "an opportunity for introspection and self accountability"...

    On Wednesday, members of the legal fraternity had staged a violent protest at the PIC apparently on a mission to avenge a group of lawyers, who had been beaten up at the PIC a few weeks ago, soon after...

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