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September 30, 2016
It's official (again)—three parents of one baby. Says the Guardian:
The world's first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment.
It's a "first" because the others created this way have developed genetic disorders. So it was banned in the US. But, hey, why not try another time to see if this one works?
The baby was born on 6 April after his Jordanian parents travelled to Mexico where they were cared for by US fertility specialists.
John Zhang, one of the "specialists" involved, from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York, speaking to the New Scientist, said
he went to Mexico where "there are no rules" and insisted that doing so was right. "To save lives is the ethical thing to do," he said.
But whose life did he save?
The US team created five embryos but only one developed normally. This was implanted into the mother and the baby was born nine months later.
What about the 4 embryos he created who died? Are they just spare and expendable lives, collateral damage, just so much leftover human debris from the laboratory?
Zhong explained that he acted "in the hope that it would give the couple a healthy child."
Aren't there many healthy orphaned children, languishing around the world, waiting to be adopted? •
Further reading from Salvo:
Artificial Conception & Its Discontents
by Mark Oshinskie
Assisted Reproductive Technologies & Their Side Effects
by Terrell Clemmons
IVF & Its Victims
by Marcia Segelstein
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