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Daemon
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UK May Be First to Allow "3-Parent Babies"

The UK House of Commons voted Tuesday to allow a method of in vitro fertilization that uses DNA from three people. The House of Lords must approve the proposal before it becomes law. If it does, the UK would become the first country to allow the technique, which is intended to limit the transfer of mitochondrial disease from mother to child by combining a donor's healthy mitochondrial DNA with nuclear DNA from the intended father and mother. The nuclear DNA of the donor egg would be removed in the process. Many ethical concerns about the process have been raised. More...
RoadRunner
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The baby name is Frankenstein.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 3:46:18 AM

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RoadRunner wrote:
The baby name is Frankenstein.

Or Gene.

I saw a clip on TV that illustrated the transfer of a nucleus from one ova with bad mitochondria to an ova which had good mitochondria but no nucleus. Very scientific.
ChristopherJohnson
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RoadRunner wrote:
The baby name is Frankenstein.


Indeed, such genetic experimenting may be dangerous, I am afraid.

d'oh!
Vinod chandra pandey
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:48:12 AM

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time is fast when you accept many thing in life because of superiorityyou should so accept it,future is in genetic the basis of life and basis of superiority,problem keeps on coming but for basis of survival it will be an essencial.
ChristopherJohnson
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Such boldly advanced genetic experiments always remind me of the film 'Splice' with Adrien Brody. Monsters may be bred this way, I am afraid.
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:27:59 AM

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Mitochondria are a part of us, but they're not a part of us. The only analogy I can think of is intestinal flora. They're vital for our survival, they help us break down our food, they live within us but they're not literally a part of our body in the way the intestines themselves are.

I read an interesting lay book called The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes. It explains how mitochondrial DNA is inherited from our mothers, but it's not a part of our DNA.

There are some really evil diseases which children suffer from, then die horribly. No one wants to think about it, but what if it happens to you as a parent? Everyone asks: "But can't they do something?" Mitochondrial DNA is not the threshold of a "brave new world" (a brilliant book) this is less "Frankensteinish" than it sounds when you understand the difference between mitochondrial DNA & our own DNA. The process in question strips the DNA from the donor, so the donor can never claim later that she wants custody of the child, which can happen in private adoptions. I agree caution & regulation is needed, but this step sounds like a great way to bypass some of the horrific diseases children suffer.
Gary98
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They had better keep good record and information back up to prevent incest.
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there going to far
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 6:48:16 PM

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Interesting concept but would go-over in the US of A just about, "like a fart in church", sadly I must say.
MaryWilbur
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What are the mitochondrial diseases? I need to know exactly what diseases would be prevented by this IVF technique.
Dr WWWW
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Miranda says, seeing there are more men in the world than her father and her new companion, Ferdinand
Quote:
O wonder!
How many godly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.

—William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll
Dr WWWW
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:01:18 PM

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MaryWilbur wrote:
What are the mitochondrial diseases? I need to know exactly what diseases would be prevented by this IVF technique.

They are enumerated here: TFD's article on Mitochondrial Disease
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