Lead discoverer of ‘three-parent baby’ method breaks 13 year silence—affrms technique’s safety

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When scientists announced in 2003 they had used a pioneering technique for the first time to create so-called ‘three-parent babies’, there was international outrage with accusations that they were “playing God”.

But[,]…as UK regulators consider whether it is medically safe to licence its use in order to prevent women with devastating inherited diseases from passing them on to their children[,] the researchers have finally published an academic paper detailing their work in which they insist it is safe.

According to some opponents, the procedure is tantamount to genetic modification of humans.—


[Dr. Zhang] felt that opponents of its use were treating [fetuses] in a different way to people who were sick.

“This person needs to be treated or cured – no one would have a problem with that. Why should it be different with a [fetus] to a patient in a hospital?” [he] said. “I think the immediate benefit of this technique is thousands of couples can have a baby of their own without this disease. You basically cure the disease.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Scientists break —13-year silence to insist ‘three-parent baby’ technique is safe

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