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3 Person Embryo Fertilization! Is it too much?

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3 Person Embryo Fertilization! Is it too much?

In something that seems like it’s straight out of science fiction, the FDA is beginning to discuss the ethics of three person fertilization. In this procedure, DNA from a third person would be used to replace defective DNA from the mother in order to spare the child a serious medical illness. I would love to hear your thoughts about his topic.
http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268808/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=4Y516SIK

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  1. This is so interesting and when you think about how far we’ve come with science, it’s quite amazing. When I read the headline of the article, I was shocked. But as it states “The technique initially made headlines as a way to create babies with three parents, but scientists say that’s an overstatement, since the child would have only trace bits of DNA from the donor” it seems less radical than I initially thought. I’m really interested to hear how the debate progresses and what the results are.

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  2. I think it’s interesting but also a perspective needs to be kept – this would only be trace amounts and only in the mitochondrial DNA. If it means the difference of having a baby born with a fatal disease vs the chance to have a healthy baby who does not need to suffer, I know which one I’d pick (especially if I had infertility issues, which I don’t think anyone can really understand unless you have been down that road).

    Years ago people would probably think the same of other modern technologies (many life-saving): blood transfusions, surrogacy, using elements of horse’s urine to treat menopause symptoms, and using genetically modified material to make insulin to treat diabetes. All things we don’t bat an eye at now!

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    1. Great points on both- technology is only frightening when it’s not our family it’s helping and when it’s new and misunderstood.

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