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'Three-Parent Babies' Could Be Born in Britain Next Year

Science & Tech  (tags: science, NewTechnology, IVF technique, DNA, three parent babies, human eggs )

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The first three-parent babies could be born by 2015 after the government set out new draft regulations which will allow donor DNA from a 'second mother' to be implanted into a defective egg.

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Gillian M (218)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 11:10 am
I cannot imagine anything more horrifying than people playing with something that they know nothing about and do not understand. I'm sure that there are scientists who claim to know about this but I sincerely doubt that. A good scientist knows that the more we learn the less we know.

Scientists got together and decided that they no longer needed G-d. So one of them approached G-d and the scientist told G-d that they no longer needed Him as they could create life by themselves. So G-d suggested a competition so the scientist bent down and picked up a handful of dirt. G-d said to him, "Make your own".

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 11:18 am
This is excellent technology with the promise of preventing a lifetime of horrible suffering in children produced this way. A donor donates an egg: the nucleus is removed; however, the healthy mitochondria of the donor egg is retained. The mother, who has damaged and/or unhealthy mitochondria, supplies an egg: the nucleus is taken and implanted in the donor egg, but the mother's unhealthy mitochondria is NOT. From there, the procedure is no different than in vitro fertilization. Given the severity of illnesses generated by damaged mitochondria...not to mention the extreme suffering and shortened lives of those who endure such illnesses...this technology is a blessing that will radically improve the lives of future generations.

David C (25)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 12:18 pm

Jay S (116)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 2:12 pm
Sounds like it could be a very good thing for a very few people and has some good checks and balances in the Bill. thanks

Friday February 28, 2014, 2:04 pm
I can imagine an alien space ship arriving on earth and after a circumnavigation or 2 remarking on the massive loss of fauna and fauna, the dropping aquifer levels and numerous other symptoms of human over-population. One question our aliens might ask is "Given all these problems caused by over population why do human scientists spend a thousand times more money on science to boost fertility than they do on contraception?" The predictably inane answer would assuredly send our aliens away whilst noting that this planet Earth is beyond any logic or help.

Bob P (394)
Friday February 28, 2014, 3:29 pm
Thanks Beatrice

Angela J (61)
Friday February 28, 2014, 7:52 pm
Thank you.

Roger G (154)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 12:46 pm
noted, thanks

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 3:25 pm

P. L. Neola (21)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 8:20 pm
Yes, this is very controversial. Several types of scenarios would come into play.

Certain countries would be changing the genders from female to male. Of course, this would decrease the mortality rate for female babies in China.

Some races would add specific genetic races to their genes. I remember watching a program once on how some African-Americans felt having “a drop of white (Caucasian) blood” made them more acceptable in the United States. Some African-American models felt they were more successful because of their fair-skinned genetics. Women like Mariah Carey and Vanessa Williams are examples of the type of beauty some African-Americans want to emulate.

Some parents might want athletic children or maybe musically or artistically inclined children.

This kind of technology opens the doors to all sorts of evil. Remember, that movie where the genetically enhanced children had more doors opened to them, while the naturally conceived and born children were considered to be of lesser-quality, thus allowing them less opportunities. This movie had a main character who wanted to go into space. He used Jude Hand’s wheel- chaired bound character’s hair and urine for qualifying and securing a position in a specific space mission. I cannot remember the movie’s title.

Jaime M. (0)
Monday January 25, 2016, 4:18 am
IVF treatment dramatically improves chances of woman to get pregnant and enjoy motherhood. Not only couples can expect a single child through this technique, but hope for twins too. You can read here
belfasttelegraph how Alison and Andrew have twin babies. This technology is advancing day by day and now come with promises to prevent children from mitochondrial-disease.
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