Research Recant

Don't Believe Everything You Read—Even in Science Journals

This is a cautionary tale on accepting announcements of scientific breakthroughs at face value. In late 2016, "fertility provocateur" Dr. John Zhang announced the first birth of a three-parent child, through a technique he called mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT), one of three IVF techniques used to combine material from the eggs of two women and the sperm of one man.1 The goal of such therapy is to avoid transmitting disease to a child through mitochondrial DNA, which is contained in the cellular material outside the nucleus of a woman's egg. This international experiment involved Jordanian parents, an American team, and a clinic in Mexico.2



is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #43, Winter 2017 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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