World’s first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people

Sep 28, 2016 by

by Ian Sample, Guardian: The world’s first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment. The baby was born on 6 April after his Jordanian parents travelled to Mexico where they were cared for by US fertility specialists. Doctors led by John Zhang, from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York, decided to attempt the controversial procedure of mitochondrial transfer in the hope that it...

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New ‘order a daddy’ app lets women browse for £950 sperm donors

Sep 26, 2016 by

by Joseph Curtis, Mailonline: A new mobile app has been launched that allows British women to select a sperm donor to father their child. London Sperm Bank Donors, nicknamed ‘order a daddy’, lets women browse men by a series of characteristics including height, ethnicity and hair colour. The company says it is the first such app of its kind, designed to ‘address the acute shortage of sperm donated in the UK’. Much like online dating apps, it also includes a biography of...

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Outrage as Royal College ‘puts price’ on Down’s lives

Sep 24, 2016 by

from The Christian Institute: Families of children with Down’s syndrome have reacted furiously to doctors’ recommendations to undertake a cost/benefit analysis on the lives of people with the condition. Doctors want results to be used to decide how widely a new test for Down’s syndrome should be rolled out for pregnant women. The highly controversial Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) has already been slammed as a mechanism for screening out babies with Down’s syndrome. Cost-effective The...

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How to make a story out of a non-story: hype, hubris and motherless embryos

Sep 17, 2016 by

by Philippa Taylor, CMF: I did not plan to write a blog on the ‘motherless babies’ story. I assumed that mainstream journalists would read at least some of the detail of new research that has combined sperm with non-egg cells to produce 30 mouse pups that then went on to have healthy offspring themselves, and to report the actual findings reasonably accurately. However I was proved wrong today when I saw the headlines: ‘The babies with no mothers: Scientists discover how to make embryos from...

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Are motherless babies really a step forward?

Sep 16, 2016 by

By Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: You can, I maintain, get the Brits to agree to almost any biomedical advance – I use the word in its neutral sense – no matter how repellent, on the basis that it helps sick kiddies or the infertile. So we now have a situation whereby you can actually create human embryos for the purpose of experimentation – thereby instrumentalising the human being in unprecedented fashion. We have also allowed for the creation of three-parent embryos (on the odd basis that...

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Making babies without eggs may be possible, say scientists

Sep 14, 2016 by

from BBC News: Scientists say early experiments suggest it may one day be possible to make babies without using eggs. They have succeeded in creating healthy baby mice by tricking sperm into believing they were fertilising normal eggs. The findings in Nature Communications, could, in the distant future, mean women can be removed from the baby-making process, say the researchers. For now, the work helps to explain some of the details of fertilisation. End of mum and dad? The University of Bath...

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