Could three-way in-vitro fertilization (IVF) pave the way for babies to have three parents some day? Scientists at Newcastle University have created embryos that hold the DNA of two women and one man, according to BBC News.
The researchers’ goal is to keep damaged DNA contained in the mitochondria in the cell from being passed from the mother to the baby.
The new technique enables the scientists to replace damaged mitochondria - essentially the "batteries" that keep cells functioning - during IVF. In the high-tech procedure, the nuclei from the dad’s sperm and the mom’s egg, which hold the parents’ DNA, are removed, and the defective mitochondria are left behind. The nuclei are then placed into another egg that has had its nucleus removed but that still has its mitochondria.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:36 PM on Apr. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
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Answer by clovismommy25 at 1:51 PM on Apr. 19, 2010
So changing DNA, in order to prevent horrible, even life threatening diseases is playing God? Is the use of organ transplantation, blood transfusions and Titanium limbs playing God as well. Fear can stymie creativity, research and development.
Answer by Sisteract at 2:01 PM on Apr. 19, 2010
Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:11 PM on Apr. 19, 2010
Yes it is playing God, it isn't up to us as humans to decide which genes get passed on. And I know it wouldn't stop at "problems", people are already trying to create perfect children. It is easier to carry a child for someone, than it is to donate your eggs. I was accepted near instantly, know why? I have an a white woman, who at the time had a perfect body, with a high IQ, perfect grades, blue eyes, brown hair and good height. My sister wasn't accepted, she is also a white woman, but is short, even though she has an awesome body as well, blue eyes, blonde hair, but she has an average IQ and even more average grades. People say they want children because they want to be parents. A lot of these people with money only want perfect beings, to parade around like trophies. It makes me sick!
Answer by clovismommy25 at 2:49 PM on Apr. 19, 2010
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