After three-parent babies, will there be “multiplex parenting”?

Oct 29, 2014 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Last week an all-star line-up of British researchers and administrators appeared before a committee of the House of Commons to tell MPs that the creation of three-parent babies was completely safe, ethical and inconsequential. The technique is known as mitochondrial transfer. Mitochondria swim in the soup surrounding the nucleus. Most of a cell’s DNA is in the nucleus, but about 1% resides in the mitochondria. If there is a defect in a woman’s mitochondria, her...

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Three-parent babies. Now top scientists warn of a risk to humanity

Oct 6, 2014 by

by Kathy Gyngell, Conservative Woman: Last June Philippa James warned us that we were but a step away from creating genetically modified babies. A report from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the appointed regulatory body for embryo research and fertility treatment, which she alerted us to, had given the go-ahead to modify genetically human babies with genes from three parents. Though the report avoided definitively declaring the new technique to be safe for humans, it...

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Medical dilemma of ‘three-parent babies’

Aug 26, 2014 by

By Steve Connor, Independent: A private fertility clinic in the United States has launched an investigation into the health of 17 teenagers who were born as a result of a controversial IVF technique that produced the world’s first “three-parent” embryos more than 15 years ago, The Independent can reveal. The technique – which the US government halted in 2002 – involved mixing the eggs of two women so that the resulting IVF babies inherited genetic material from three individuals in a similar...

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Journey to Baby Gammy: How We Justify a Market in Children

Aug 18, 2014 by

By Rickard Newman, Public Discourse: Materialism, relativism, and consequentialism are at the heart of the arguments in favor of third-party reproduction. Third-party reproduction is a prism for violations against humanity. IVF and the sperm trade launched a wicked industry that now includes abortion, eugenics, human trafficking, and deliberate family fragmentation. Earlier this month, news broke about an Australian couple that, after commissioning a Thai surrogate in the creation of...

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When is genetic modification not genetic modification? When the Government decides it isn’t

Aug 15, 2014 by

By Philippa Taylor, CMF: Ministers know there is widespread public opposition to growing genetically modified (GM) crops in the UK, and will therefore appreciate that if more of the general public were aware that they are planning to allow GM babies to be created, using completely experimental techniques, there would be far more concern and opposition to it. So the on-going controversy over growing GM crops, and creating GM babies, has led to the Government redefining the term genetic...

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NHS to fund sperm bank for lesbians

Aug 3, 2014 by

By Sanchez Manning, Mailonline: Britain is to get its first NHS-funded national sperm bank to make it easier for lesbian couples and single women to have children. For as little as £300 – less than half the cost of the service at a private clinic –  they will be able to search an online database and choose an anonymous donor on the basis of his ethnicity, height, profession and even hobbies. The bank, which is due to open in October, will then send out that donor’s sperm to a clinic of the...

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