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ns in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technologies, stipulating that clini
cal research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ transplants be
tween species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.
Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.
The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r
egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.
Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics co
mmittee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wi
th ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.
of 8 kilometers, and each of its shells can scatter dry extinguishing agents over about 20 squa
re meters. The gun features high mobility and accuracy, and is suitable for suppressing big fires, it said.
This is not the first time Norinco, the country’s largest arms producer for land weapons, has enter
ed the realm of firefighting. Before the gun, the company had developed and sold a series of firefighting tanks.
With the chassis and armor of a combat tank, the vehicles can protect crew members from fire, explosions and bui
lding collapses, and can cross half-meter-high obstacles or 2-meter-wide trenches. They have automatic spray dev
ices and fireproof coatings that can keep scorching heat out of the vehicles’ interiors.
The tanks can get closer to the scene than a fire engine for search-and-rescue missions, Norinco said.
Using 520-horsepower diesel engines and equipped with hydraulic devices
, the tanks can clear away obstacles weighing up to 15 metric tons. Their metal tracks allo
w them to operate on slopes, in rocky terrain and in the debris of collapsed buildings.