A child with three parents

'Three parent babies' take a step closer to reality – Telegraph:

Researchers used eggs from young donors to repair damaged eggs of older women in order to increase their chances of fertilisation.

They have not yet used the eggs to produce babies, but they have injected them with sperm to produce an early stage embryo in the laboratory.

While the move breathes new life into "old eggs" and could also remove genetic illnesses, it is likely to provoke an ethical storm as critics believe it could lead to hybrid or genetically modified children.

"If we could transfer these constructed new embryos, I believe the success rate would be high," Atsushi Tanaka, the lead author told the New Scientist.

IVF often fails in older women because there are abnormalities in the outside of their eggs, known as cytoplasm, which surrounds the nucleus.

The team at St Mother Hospital in Kitakyushu, Japan, believe one way around the problem would be too implant the healthy nucleus – which contains most of the information to produce a baby – into the cytoplasm of a donor, usually a younger mother.

So we would have a child with three biological parents.

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  • Jonathan

    Maybe it will also have three heads or three legs. I hope they got the gene “repair” done right.

  • Jonathan

    Maybe it will also have three heads or three legs. I hope they got the gene “repair” done right.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    “They have not yet used the eggs to produce babies, but they have injected them with sperm to produce an early stage embryo in the laboratory.”

    No baby? Just “an early stage embryo”? This sentence is completely false. Yes, the mad scientists have indeed produced very tiny babies in the laboratory out of their new 2 egg and sperm cocktail.

    Have all these new neighbors of mine been brought to life and killed already? Or are these neighbors still under deep freeze? Amazingly sad to know of all the tiny little “Frankensteins” today that are completely real and hidden away in so many normal laboratories.

    More little neighbors to pray for and hope for Christian baptism, I guess. We drink our coffee and read this stuff and slap our knees and exclaim with moral exuberance, “Oh, those silly scientists!” and move on the to next post and forget these poor manufactured neighbors, in an instant. Boy I need some coffee!

    I wonder with dread how much farther it is possible for us freefall away from our common creator.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    “They have not yet used the eggs to produce babies, but they have injected them with sperm to produce an early stage embryo in the laboratory.”

    No baby? Just “an early stage embryo”? This sentence is completely false. Yes, the mad scientists have indeed produced very tiny babies in the laboratory out of their new 2 egg and sperm cocktail.

    Have all these new neighbors of mine been brought to life and killed already? Or are these neighbors still under deep freeze? Amazingly sad to know of all the tiny little “Frankensteins” today that are completely real and hidden away in so many normal laboratories.

    More little neighbors to pray for and hope for Christian baptism, I guess. We drink our coffee and read this stuff and slap our knees and exclaim with moral exuberance, “Oh, those silly scientists!” and move on the to next post and forget these poor manufactured neighbors, in an instant. Boy I need some coffee!

    I wonder with dread how much farther it is possible for us freefall away from our common creator.

  • Orianna Laun

    Just wait for the legal wrangling over the children when one biological mother wants custody over the other. (You thought Hagar and Sarah was bad?)
    The science far outpaces the contemplation of the long-term ramifications; I guess the desires of the people longing to have children are more valuable than the effects of the science on the children produced thereby.

  • Orianna Laun

    Just wait for the legal wrangling over the children when one biological mother wants custody over the other. (You thought Hagar and Sarah was bad?)
    The science far outpaces the contemplation of the long-term ramifications; I guess the desires of the people longing to have children are more valuable than the effects of the science on the children produced thereby.

  • http://mesamike.org Mike Westfall

    It’s a brave new world in which we live.

  • http://mesamike.org Mike Westfall

    It’s a brave new world in which we live.

  • WebMonk

    The first thing that popped into my mind – “I’ve read half a dozen sci-fi books with things like this happening.”

    Once again, science fiction becomes reality. I would be willing to wager that within 50 years we’ll have the possibility of children from many different parents. After that, it’ll be a short hop to “custom made” children using the DNA from a catalog of collected DNA.

    All old hat to sci-fi authors.

  • WebMonk

    The first thing that popped into my mind – “I’ve read half a dozen sci-fi books with things like this happening.”

    Once again, science fiction becomes reality. I would be willing to wager that within 50 years we’ll have the possibility of children from many different parents. After that, it’ll be a short hop to “custom made” children using the DNA from a catalog of collected DNA.

    All old hat to sci-fi authors.


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