Brits May Create Babies With DNA From 3 People
Proposed move would help parents avoid passing on diseases
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2013 9:32 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Can a baby have three biological parents? Maybe. Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from a mother, father, and a donor. The idea behind it is to help couples from passing on rare genetic diseases. For a woman with faulty mitochondria, scientists take only the healthy genetic material from her egg or embryo. They then transfer that into a donor egg or embryo that still has its healthy mitochondria but has had the rest of its key DNA removed. The fertilized embryo is then transferred into the womb of the mother.

"Scientists have developed groundbreaking new procedures which could stop these diseases being passed on," says Britain's chief medical officer. "It's only right that we look to introduce this life-saving treatment as soon as we can." The move must still be approved by Parliament. Scientists reject the idea that the procedure results in a three-parent baby because the amount of DNA from the donor egg is insignificant. Similar research is going on in the US, where the embryos are not being used to produce children.

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Smartbutt
Jun 29, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
OMG! Reminds me of how the Nazis during WWII wanted to create the "perfect" race.....
jerrymac
Jun 28, 2013 5:27 PM CDT
Made to order babies. Snip DNA here, add DNA there; sounds like building a baby like you would any Lego project. Do we really want to go there?
lonerngr88
Jun 28, 2013 4:38 PM CDT
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should! Human Nature + Technology = A Deadly Combo