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A Baby with Three Parents

Between egg donors and surrogacy, we’ve seen multi-parent situations in the modern world. But the latest technologies take it a step further: a ground-breaking method that could be used to prevent potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases would result in a child being born with the genetic material of three parents. The genetic changes (as implied by the term “genetic’) would be passed down to subsequent generations. For more details, check out the original article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19597856

There’s a question of whether or not to make the method legal.

And then, there are the deeper issues–the complexities and legalities of a child with genes from three parents (two women and a man). This is what fascinates me. The fundamental, unprecedented situation that arises when  a child has three direct, genetic antecedent parents.

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This entry was posted on September 24, 2012 by in Bioethics, Scientific Innovations.
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