Dec. 19, 2012 — A joint team of scientists from The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Laboratory and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has developed a technique that may prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial diseases in children.
For me, it would be a toss-up. I would give almost anything to have a healthy child, especially one that didn't have the inherited pain-related issues that I have, but the idea that they are using stuff from a donor throws me.. What are the chances that there could be a rejection, or worse, an even worse disease stemming from the transfer. I realize that the article tells of no adverse affects, but how extensively has this been studied? I would love it if my child hadn't inherited my severe ADHD, but maybe she will someday channel that into genius qualities. I would love if my daughter hadn't inherited my musculoskeletal disorder, but maybe someday she will lead to a cure. What if they hadn't inherited my familial trait of the beautiful eyes, etc... Does this change only the bad stuff, or could it change their endearing, empowering qualities as well?? If it were ONLY the "impurities" that the transfer takes away, I would be all for it... But if it changed the AMAZING underlying qualities that my slightly "imperfect" children possess, my answer would have to be a resounding "NO!"
If it were ONLY the "impurities" that the transfer takes away, I would be all for it...
Well that would be the idea.
Mistrest, on 28 December 2012 - 03:51 PM, said:
But if it changed the AMAZING underlying qualities that my slightly "imperfect" children possess, my answer would have to be a resounding "NO!"
If you prevent certain aspects and the child is born you'll never know how different that child would've been with all the "faults". So it's just about making a choice i guess.
I just don't like the idea that if you go through certain physical and/or mental obstacles this automatically makes you a better person. Like going through an illness and having to take medicine your entire life or whatever is better than just preventing these unfortunate things.
Study Points to a Safer, Better Test for Chromosomal Defects in the Fetus
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