Controversy swirls around first three-parent baby

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  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Oct. 20, 2016 9:42 a.m.

    I just can't help thinking of the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito movie "Twins"!!

  • humbug Syracuse/Davis, UT
    Oct. 20, 2016 8:12 a.m.

    As a parent I am aware of the huge burden it can be on an entire family to have a severely deformed child. You deal with the burden, with love, because you love your child. But, if you had the choice, up front, to have a healthy child, because of science which would take aware an inherited genetic defect of large proportions, I would definitely go for the healthy child. It benefits the child. It benefits the entire family.

  • Contrarius mid-state, TN
    Oct. 20, 2016 3:15 a.m.

    @Hope --

    "The name "three-parent baby" is misinforming and media hype.

    A cell from a man
    A cell from a woman

    This is what it takes."

    In this case it took:

    A cell from a man
    A cell from a woman -- AND
    Another cell from another woman.

    That makes 3 parents.

    Not hype.

  • intermontanus San Diego, CA
    Oct. 19, 2016 11:02 p.m.

    This isn't the first "three-person" baby. The first was actually born in 1997. This was the first baby made with a new technique that transferred the mitochondrial from the donor prior to fertilization (rather than after).
    I can't see how this technology as a whole is "inappropriate"; it's been around for almost two decades, and healthy children are the end result.
    Too frequently culture wars have an oversized say in science. For example, research on embryonic stem cells holds great hope for ameliorating a number of human afflictions (e.g., diabetes), but certain unnecessary regulations slow the rate of discovery.
    The United States should stay abreast of cutting edge research or our role as the global leader in science will be usurped by others.

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Oct. 19, 2016 9:26 p.m.

    The name "three-parent baby" is misinforming and media hype.

    A cell from a man
    A cell from a woman

    This is what it takes. And that hasn't changed. Now, if you give a heart transplant to someone, do they suddenly become the offspring of a 3rd parent? No. This procedure affects more "core development". So I understand the coined label. But I believe that label is meant to strike controversy more than it is meant to explore and study medical & ethical considerations at play here. To me, that is inappropriate.

    I also believe this procedure is inappropriate. Not because it deals with the procreative power of mankind, but because it does so recklessly. We know so little yet we so often treat ourselves as gods without an inkling of knowledge of the consequences we are assigning to a human being. Experimenting without an understanding of the side affects, on human life, is wrong and inexcusable.

    A Harvard study that once revealed that we can do the same work with stem cells from the skin as an embryo; it would just take longer. The slow & safe way to learn is ALWAYS available. We shouldn't gamble human beings over scientific impatience.