I just can't help thinking of the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito movie
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.
@Hope --"The name "three-parent baby" is misinforming
and media hype.A cell from a manA cell from a womanThis is what it takes."In this case it took:A cell
from a manA cell from a woman -- ANDAnother cell from another
woman.That makes 3 parents.Not hype.
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.
The name "three-parent baby" is misinforming and media hype.A cell from a manA cell from a womanThis 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.