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UK may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people
Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2013 8:05 PM EDT | Maria Cheng

Posted on 06/28/2013 6:53:52 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people, a move that would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country’s top medical officer says.

The new techniques help women with faulty mitochondria, the energy source in a cell, from passing on to their babies defects that can result in such diseases as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, heart problems and mental retardation. About one in 200 children is born every year in Britain with a mitochondrial disorder. …

Similar research is going on in the U.S., where the embryos are not being used to produce children. …

(Excerpt) Read more at hosted.ap.org ...


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1 posted on 06/28/2013 6:53:52 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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2 posted on 06/28/2013 6:55:01 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Olog-hai

How many fingers and toes does that get you?


3 posted on 06/28/2013 6:55:10 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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UK may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people

"... You won't need no husband, won't need no wife
You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube"

IN THE YEAR 2525 - Zager and Evans

4 posted on 06/28/2013 6:58:11 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Jesus, Please Save America!)
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Everything should be OK just so long as they are all blond and blue eyed with the males at least 6 feet tall. Now we just need to figure out how to get rid of the German accent.
5 posted on 06/28/2013 6:58:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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seems you can get a baby with the DNA from FOUR people (your grandparents) without any effort or expense. This is just silly


6 posted on 06/28/2013 6:58:45 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Olog-hai

Another advance in the field of High Speed Rail.

The sort that makes its last stop in Hell.


7 posted on 06/28/2013 7:06:41 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

Eugenics ALWAYS has great results!


8 posted on 06/28/2013 7:07:10 AM PDT by Teacher317 (The public is being manipulated to fleece the taxpayer. That is the real industry in Washington.)
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So, let me get this straight...when creating a baby in a test tube, it is considered a ‘baby.’

When creating one The Old Fashioned Way - in the WOMB - it’s just a parasitic glob of cells and should be destroyed immediately?

*Rolleyes*


9 posted on 06/28/2013 7:07:11 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: from occupied ga
This is being pushed as a way to avoid mitochondrial disease by using the nuclear DNA from the parents but the mitochondrial DNA from a third party. It's inherently subjecting the child to avoidable risk and treating the begetting of a kid like a Lego construction or a genetic science project. I don't understand why they don't just adopt.

Reminds me of the History of the Human Race in two acts:

1. "What could possibly go wrong?"

2. "How was I supposed to know?"

10 posted on 06/28/2013 7:08:52 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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Bump!


11 posted on 06/28/2013 7:15:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Teacher317
"Critics have previously slammed the methods as unethical and say there are other ways for people with genetic problems to have healthy children, like egg donation or tests to screen out potentially problematic embryos.

Whew. I'm so relieved. Luckily they have ethicists standing by to make sure only the Best Practices are used. A third "welcome option" would be "screening out potentially problematic wives" and launching a baby with a better one. Distasteful to be sure, but ethicists seem to have no problems with the "screen out and dispose" options.

But this being the UK, I suppose it goes all the way back to Henry VIII.

12 posted on 06/28/2013 7:18:14 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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... just so long as they are all blond and blue eyed with the males at least 6 feet tall

That's so 20th Century. Now, if 0bama had a son, they would look like his spawn. Besides, so many liberal women prefer the "Mandingo" experience.

13 posted on 06/28/2013 7:19:45 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Jesus, Please Save America!)
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. . . .not to mention Khan Noonien Singh. . .
14 posted on 06/28/2013 7:22:42 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: Olog-hai

God: “Ok everybody, out of the pool.”


15 posted on 06/28/2013 7:24:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Win!


16 posted on 06/28/2013 7:40:32 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: Olog-hai
Will Serena Butler please pick up the white courtesy phone? Serena Butler.

We're screwing with the fundamental forces of Nature. What could possibly go wrong?

17 posted on 06/28/2013 7:49:28 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Olog-hai

Chimeras anyone?


18 posted on 06/28/2013 7:54:05 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Welcome to "1984" 29 years later.....)
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Over millennium, human DNA has picked up an enormous amount of “garbage”, including mutations and even the complete RNA of several viruses. The vast majority of our DNA is never used, but some of it still has passive functions. All told, maybe half is worthless.

The mitochondria has its own, independent genome, and its DNA is more like that of a bacteria than a human. Mitochondria are membrane-enclosed structures found in most eukaryotic cells (the cells that make up plants, animals, and many other forms of life). So even though eukaryotic cells are a distinctly different domain of life from bacteria, we still have our bacterial origins within us.

This being said, I wouldn’t get overly excited about some mitochondrial cut and paste, to replace really rotten mitochondrial DNA with less rotten mitochondrial DNA.

Especially since out mitochondria doesn’t particularly define who we are, a job left to our DNA. It just provides the energy it needs to function. So replacing mitochondria is like replacing your car’s bad battery. It does not change what the car is. It just provides it electricity more reliably.


19 posted on 06/28/2013 7:59:54 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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20 posted on 06/28/2013 8:07:04 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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Yef, I think you're missing the point that the whole trail of R&D leading up to this cellular retrofitting involves manipulation of non-consenting human experimental subjects -- human beings at the embryonic stage --- who are sliced, fused, and variously engineered and then discarded. This is going on, as the article reminds us, both in the US and the UK (elsewhere, too.)

Experimental trials on human subjects are ethical only if the subject consents, or if it is necessary for the benefit of the subject and there is no alternative. IN this case, the subject is being brought into being in an experimental fashion. If it looks like it's turning out not quite like the cookbook said, have you any doubt in the world that they would terminate the baby? If they didn't, they'd doubtless be liable either for "Wrongful Life" or "Wrongful Birth."

What a barbarous age we live in. Savages with labs.

21 posted on 06/28/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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22 posted on 06/28/2013 8:14:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
God: “Ok everybody, out of the pool.”

HA! (God continues: "Except the asses and swine. It's too late -- my bad.")

23 posted on 06/28/2013 8:16:41 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: martin_fierro
So Eccentrica Gallumbits is real after all.
24 posted on 06/28/2013 11:03:19 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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