UK Becomes First Country in World to Approve Creation of ‘Three Parent Babies’

Baby pd XLONDON — The United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to approve the creation of what has been called “three parent babies”—a move that has has generated applause as an important health advancement while others have expressed concern about the ethical aspects of the practice.

As previously reported, the practice involves in vitro fertilization (IVF), during which genetic material from the mother’s fertilized egg is transferred to the fertilized egg of a healthy donor that has had its nuclear DNA removed.

BBC News explains the first method: “Two eggs are fertilized with sperm, creating an embryo from the intended parents and another from the donors. The pronuclei, which contain genetic information, are removed from both embryos but only the parents’ are kept. A healthy embryo is created by adding the parents’ pronuclei to the donor embryo, which is finally implanted into the womb.”

The second method is similar.

“Eggs from a mother with damaged mitochondria and a donor with healthy mitochondria are collected. The majority of the genetic material is removed from both eggs. The mother’s genetic material is inserted into the donor egg, which can be fertilized by sperm.”

Therefore, the baby will contain the DNA of three people: the couple and their female donor.

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, which is behind the studies for the technique, said that the “nuclear DNA is not altered, and so mitochondrial donation will not affect the child’s appearance, personality or any other features that make a person unique.” Rather, the purpose of the IVF procedure is to help prevent mitochondrial disease among infants, which can lead to serious problems such as heart disease, muscular distrophy or blindness.

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U.K.’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sally Davies, has also expressed support for efforts “to give women who carry severe mitochondrial disease the opportunity to have children without passing on devastating genetic disorders.”

But during the debate in the House of Commons, some expressed hesitation over the medical advancement as they were concerned that it may cross ethical lines.

“[This] will be passed down for generations, [and] the implications of this simply cannot be predicted,” member of parliament Fiona Bruce of Congleton told her colleagues. “But one thing is for sure, once this alteration has taken place, as someone has said, once the genie is out of the bottle, once these procedures that we’re asked to authorize today go ahead, there will be no going back for society.”

Religious groups in the country have also expressed opposition. Brendan McCarthy of the Church of England told CNN that he believed approval of the practice is premature.

“[T]he law should not be changed until there has been further scientific study and informed debate into the ethics, safety and efficacy of mitochondrial replacement therapy,” he said.

Roman Catholics in England have likewise noted that there are “serious ethical objections to this procedure which involves the destruction of human embryos as part of the process.”

UK House of Commons approved the IVF technique 382 to 128 earlier this month, sending the matter to the House of Lords for consideration. After three hours of debate on Tuesday, it voted 280 to 48 in favor of the practice.

“Sometimes we are accused of playing God. … We do not try to supplant God. We try to augment His works,” Lord Winston told reporters.

But Marcy Darnovsky, director of The Centre for Genetics and Society, referred to the move as a “historic mistake” that will “forever alter the human germline.”

“The techniques … are relatively crude and will not in and of themselves create so-called designer babies,” she said. “However, they will result in children with DNA from three different people in every cell of their bodies, which will impact a large range of traits in unknowable ways and introduce genetic changes that will be passed down to future generations.”

The first “three parent baby” could be born as early as next year.

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  • Anonymous

    They are playing around where they have no business.

    • Paul Hiett

      You are entitled to your opinion…

  • Tanya Kaisomar

    Now, that will solve many heartaches. yes/no?

    • Erik H Ahlblad

      Maybe, but what other ailments will this pick up? How do we know it won’t? I think it’s a very dangerous game .

  • Elizabeth Lorraine Mcvicker

    this is the beginning of the end. There is only one God. They are playing God and it is murder when they destroy embryos. These babies will be freaks and they will have serious strange side effects. We have no business playing around with DNA like that.Whats next cloning. God help us.

    • dark477

      science and progress should not be restrained by something as worthless as god. this process would help prevent children from inheriting crippling hereditary diseases and cloning would be a huge benefit to organ transplants.

      • Erik H Ahlblad

        There is no precedent that showing that there won’t be bigger serious concerns, or perhaps worse ailments with the person with three DNA parents.

        • dark477

          what evidence do you have for that?

          • Erik H Ahlblad

            Because no one has ever had three parents before. How do you know it will be risk free? How do you know there is only one independent variable in this experiment? There could be other variables in the experiment that are overlooked. How do you know for sure that the DNA manipulation that treats one ailment doesn’t create many other issues or ailments? There is nothing solid.

          • dark477

            everything has risks i don’t see how that should be a reason to stop.

          • Erik H Ahlblad

            Oh you’ll see it, trust me you will.

          • dark477

            is that another one of those “you’re going to hell” threats?

          • Erik H Ahlblad

            I’m not talking about religion? I am talking science. What are you talking about?

          • dark477

            usually when someone says that ‘ll soon see it means I’m going to hell.

          • Erik H Ahlblad

            That’s totally different discussion. I am talking about scientific issues

          • dark477

            all procedures are tested before they are allowed to be used. I’m sure if there are any major problems they’ll find them.

          • Erik H Ahlblad

            I don’t know..I think there are some factors that may have been overlooked.

    • ppp777

      What did you expect from a pagan country like England to do , surely not the right thing , they have crossed the line a long time ago with the abracing of the evolution theory [ Satans gospel ] , man is the measure of all things [ not God ] , this is the tower of babel all over again only now the timing is right for Gods final judgement on mankind , by the way revelation nine is an interesting chapter connected with this case .

  • John Mark IB

    Dear Fellow brethren, in these last days and seemingly end times madness?? in which we live daily, please, let’s be busy and doing the work, and give them hope folks,

    tell all and give to all,

    we need to push hard with the effort to get the truth out to all now more than ever it’s short!!!

  • Josey

    Good Lord, what is next? Removing this and adding this, messing around with DNA, freaky stuff that man has no business messing with. The scripture that you reap what you sow comes to mind and they won’t like what their reaping will be.

  • Erik H Ahlblad

    That is a dangerous game they are playing. How do you know this will safe?

  • Melody Rainer Tregear

    First they say the ‘nuclear DNA is removed’ and then they say the ‘nuclear DNA is not altered’. If it’s been removed, it’s an alteration. Surely. This is dangerous territory. They think they have all the answers, but what will such a person turn out to be like? They don’t know that.