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'Three-parent baby' could be born by 2015

By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2014 · Comment icon 13 comments



Are three-parent babies a good idea ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
A change in regulations could soon make it possible for a baby to be born using the DNA from two mothers.
The UK is set to become the first country in the world to permit the procedure which is getting the go-ahead in the interests of preventing babies being born with debilitating conditions such as muscular dystrophy.
The process involves replacing the mitochondrial DNA in one baby with that from a healthy donor egg, effectively enabling a child to be born with three parents. While the move is being welcomed as a major step forward by some, there are concerns that the change in regulations could lead to a future in which couples can choose to have so-called 'designer babies'.

"These IVF techniques will eradicate mitochondrial disease for some families, offering the opportunity to have a healthy child," said Liz Curtis of the Lily Foundation which funds research in to mitochondrial conditions. "We hope the approval will not take too long, so these families can benefit from this as soon as possible and hopefully see a little light at the end of a dark tunnel."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (13)


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Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 9 years ago
I think the title is a bit misleading. I'm certain there will be scenarios involving lawful agreements, similar to adoption for example, in which one relinquishes their rights.
Comment icon #5 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 9 years ago
Would this work with either parent being two? As in two mothers or two fathers?
Comment icon #6 Posted by JGirl 9 years ago
A change in regulations could soon make it possible for a baby to be born using the DNA from two mothers. Read More: http://www.unexplain...be-born-by-2015 because custody and support battles aren't complicated enough
Comment icon #7 Posted by DumpsterJesus 9 years ago
You may want to take a deeper look into this and what it stands for. I'm assuming you are a healthy person. Now if you were a person with a disease that could have been prevented using this technique, what would you have wanted your parents to have chosen. It's easy to say no when you are healthy but put yourself in someone else's shoes. There may be a confusion in parents but really a simple nuclear family are no longer the "norm" no matter how some may want that. I get what they are trying to accomplish here. That being said, I don't believe they are looking at the full picture here. They ar... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Awake2Chaos 9 years ago
I understand why they would want to develop a procedure like this, but.... Tampering with nature on this level always has unseen consequences. You may exchange mitochondrial DNA, but what if that causes other abnormalities in the epigenetics? You relieve one disease, but trigger another? Kinda goes back to something my father always says..."Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."
Comment icon #9 Posted by Michelle 9 years ago
The first step to designer babies.
Comment icon #10 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
We live a brief span of years and then die. During this time, most of us work to leave a lasting legacy. We do this through our vocations and through our progeny. In this latter case, we can potentially provide hope where there was little hope. The real challenge is not the aberration of this procedure, but assuring that the world we provide to these new borns is the best we can "deliver."
Comment icon #11 Posted by Rlyeh 9 years ago
I understand why they would want to develop a procedure like this, but.... Tampering with nature on this level always has unseen consequences. You may exchange mitochondrial DNA, but what if that causes other abnormalities in the epigenetics? You relieve one disease, but trigger another? Kinda goes back to something my father always says..."Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." How do you attempt to cure genetic diseases without modifying the genome? By doing nothing?
Comment icon #12 Posted by mimilovell 9 years ago
amazing how no one is making a big issue about this
Comment icon #13 Posted by kobolds 9 years ago
getting the go-ahead in the interests of preventing babies being born with debilitating conditions such as muscular dystrophy. who came out such crap excuse . this is simply an dna modify test on human subject. after dolly the sheep , i knew this will come .it's just that i never though it will happen in my life time


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