I saw this in the news a couple of weeks ago, and have been meaning to blog about it for a little while. I have had a look and I don’t think anyone else has written about this, so I am hoping it generates a discussion.
The news reported that some scientific trials have taken place, and the UK has now launched a consultation on the matter.
The trials have been coined ‘three-parent in vitro fertilisation’ (IVF) because the offspring would have genes from a mother, a father and from a female donor, who donates some of her DNA.
The original purpose is to prevent some genetic diseases from being passed on. In particular mitochondrial diseases that are passed on genetically through the maternal line. So they take out the culprit DNA and replace it with the donors same DNA.
One reporter poses the following questions about this:
how is a child born from this sort of technique might feel?; whether the child should be told?; whether their sense of identity might be affected?; what the rights of the female donor might be?; whether the donation of mitochondrial DNA should be viewed as similar to egg or sperm donation, or more like blood or tissue donation?; and who should decide who can access the treatments?
The issues they say are because it is the first step to creating designer babies.
Having recently got married, babies are on my radar, I have been to a fertility show recently and the options are vast, however, despite it being our baby…genetically, I would be the only one related (as i will carry).
SO when I saw this article and heard it on the news, my ears immediately pricked up. For me the question isn’t so much about designer babies, but about the opportunity this brings to homosexual people. Does this mean that my wife and I could both parent a child??
Could two men both genetically parent a child??
Is that right? Is it ethical? Is it moral?
I want the answer to be yes, but maybe I am being selfish and only thinking about how desperate I am to carry both mine and my wifes genetic child.
I would be very interested in what everyone else thought?????……