||<p>There are conflicting media reports on claims of genetic modification in China.
We will continue to monitor the situation. We have had no discussion with the Chinese
Government or World Health Organization regarding the ethical issues and risks associated
with the gene-edited babies born in China. The procedure alleged to have been carried
out by Prof He Jiankui in China would be illegal in the United Kingdom. It would be
an offence under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, punishable, on conviction,
by a prison term of up to 10 years, a fine or both.</p>