A procedure called mitochondrial replacement therapy could eliminate devastating diseases. It would not enable parents to ‘design’ their children

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The experimental form of IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father, and another egg from a donor woman. It was developed to help families affected by deadly mitochondrial diseases which are passed down from mother to baby. It has been tried in only one prior case – a family from Jordan

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And, so far, they’re just fine. America needs a sober debate about the pros and cons of Crispr instead of a paranoid ban on the technology

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John Zhang, a New York fertility doctor, wanted to push the boundaries of science and fertility by giving women at risk of passing on serious genetic conditions a chance at healthy kids through an IVF technique that uses the DNA of three people

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But the child’s parents have decided to forego long-term monitoring by researchers

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Three Parents

November 7, 2016

Why are bioethicists thinking about the recent birth of a three parent child? Elizabeth Tracey speaks with our Jeffrey Kahn

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Researchers are now capable of creating a human embryo from the DNA of three people. Our Jeffrey Kahn joins the conversation – Listen now

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Reproduction 3.0

February 26, 2015

With a vote on Tuesday, the UK became the first nation to allow a mitochondrial donation technique to be licensed for use. Our faculty join the discussion on the ethics of creating a child with DNA from 3 “parents.”

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