Scientists Under Fire for Creating Designer Embryo, Unborn Child With Three Parents
Posted Apr 18 2010 12:00am
“The idea is to be able to offer a way to cerate unborn children for families concerned about giving birth to a child with physical or mental disabilities.” http://www.lifenews.com/bio3089.html
London, England (LifeNews.com) – Scientists in England are under fire for creating a “designer embryo” — an unborn child with the DNA of one man and two women. The idea is to be able to offer a way to cerate unborn children for families concerned about giving birth to a child with physical or mental disabilities.
The procedure is referred to as three person in-vitro fertilization and researchers at Newcastle University hope the IVF technique will prevent damaged DNA in mitochondria from getting passed along to offspring.
The process involves the removal of sperm and egg from the affected couples and leaving the mitochondria behind. The scientists put the nuclei into one of the fertilized eggs left over after the in-vitro techniques of other women that have their nuclei removed but their mitochondria retained.
This makes me think of something I find myself saying often to my 4 year old daughter, ‘just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it!’.
“None of the 80 or more embryos created by the Newcastle team were allowed to live,” Anthony Ozimic, SPUC’s communications manager, commented. “Each of those embryos were members of the human family, with a right to life equal to those of the scientists who killed them. Human life begins at conception. Any grounds for denying human rights to human embryos are arbitrary and self-serving.”
More than 80 embryos were sacrificed for this one child.
Ozimic said, “Scientists should respect human life and pursue ethical alternatives which are much more likely to be successful in the long-term.”
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