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Babies with three parents could be born by 2015 after controversial genetic treatment...
Daily Mail ^ | 6/27/13 | Jenny Hope

Posted on 06/28/2013 4:45:12 PM PDT by LibWhacker

The first baby with three parents could be born as early as 2015 after a landmark decision to move ahead on a controversial genetic treatment.

Britain could become the first country to sanction the creation of babies with three genetic parents, despite fears it might lead to ‘designer babies’.

The Government will publish draft regulations later this year that will bring techniques a step closer to giving women affected by devastating hereditary diseases the chance to have healthy children.

The techniques involve replacing defective DNA in the mother’s egg with material from a donor egg.

The resulting healthy child would effectively have two mothers and a father.

For the first time the ‘germ line’ of inherited DNA from the mother would be altered which, critics say, marks a turning point in the ethics of test-tube babies.

But the Government’s chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said the alteration did not affect fundamental DNA that determines an individual’s make-up such as facial features and eye colour.

She compared the new techniques to replacing a defective ‘battery pack’ in a cell that would virtually eliminate the chance of a severe disease in the child.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: babies; dna; nightmare; parents
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To: LibWhacker

Oh goody. let’s make some freaks! It’s not immoral, and insane enough yet!


21 posted on 06/28/2013 6:18:36 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Oldexpat

IF a hotly contested Bill passes.


22 posted on 06/28/2013 6:52:55 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Iron Munro

IN THE YEAR 2525


23 posted on 06/28/2013 6:54:07 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: LibWhacker

See Robert A. Heinlein’s 1982 science fiction novel, “Friday.” The main character is genetically engineered from multiple (20+) “parents.” As described in Wikipedia,

“Friday...is the story of a female “artificial person,” ...genetically engineered to be stronger, faster, smarter, and generally better than normal humans. Artificial humans are widely resented, and much of the story deals with Friday’s struggle both against prejudice and to conceal her enhanced attributes from other humans. The story is set in a Balkanized world, in which the nations of the North American continent have been split up into a number of smaller states.”

In light of that last sentence, Heinlein’s story may prove prophetic in more ways than one...


24 posted on 06/28/2013 7:36:07 PM PDT by free-in-nyc (Freeping from the heart of the occupation)
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To: LibWhacker

Not sure I see what the problem is here. They are substituting the disease-creating strand of DNA with healthy DNA. Seems like the right thing to do for the baby.

That’s not even close to using DNA substitution to create a Marxist, Muslim, Indonesian/Kenyan with a propensity for politics, you know, a designer baby.


25 posted on 06/28/2013 8:40:42 PM PDT by gotribe (Limit The Government's Right To Bear Arms)
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