Britain Prepares for 3-Parent Conception Via In Vitro Fertilization


Geneticists and fertility doctors have claimed over the last decade that they can help you choose your baby’s physical traits, avoid disease inherent in the child, and even choose the gender through pre-genetic testing.

But now Britain is planning to give the parents even more options by adding another more genetically favorable volunteer to their baby concoction.  The scientists are threatening to genetically modify the embryo which is being held under much scrutiny for the ethical question that all scientists SHOULD ask themselves, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” The Frankenstein concept is being attempted again with scientists’ attempt to essentially create life.

According to NBC, the fundamental reasoning for creating a genetic cocktail suitable to parents trying to conceive is that their child be free of diseases and other physical ailments.  In the new in vitro fertilization process of “pronuclear transfer” developed at Britain’s Newcastle University, scientists exchange DNA between two fertilized human eggs.  Then another process called “maternal spindle transfer,” again exchanges DNA material between the mother’s egg and a donor egg before fertilization.

“Scientists have developed ground-breaking new procedures which could stop these diseases being passed on, bringing hope to many families seeking to prevent their children inheriting them,” Sally Davies, chief medical officer, told reporters.

“It’s only right that we look to introduce this life-saving treatment as soon as we can.”

While it doesn’t seem that this procedure will be happening and offered to parents tomorrow, but with overwhelming national favor of the idea and Britain’s chief physician giving the go ahead under “strict regulation,” they are sure to be offered sooner than some might like.

Read more here.  What do you think about this scrambled egg solution to genetic health issues?

-J.C. Brooks


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