FDA panel debates technique that would create embryos with three genetic parents - The Washington PostFood and Drug Administration panel is focused on a procedure that scientists think could help women who carry DNA mutations for conditions such as blindness and epilepsy.
The process would let them have children without passing on those defects. government advisory committee began debating a new technique that combines DNA from three people to create embryos free of certain inherited diseases
The technology involves taking defective mitochondria, the cell’s powerhouses, from a mother’s egg and replacing them with healthy mitochondria from another woman.
After being fertilized by the father’s sperm in a lab, the egg would be implanted in the mother, and the pregnancy could progress normally.
The FDA’s announcement several months ago that it would hold a public hearing on the subject elicited an outcry from scientists, ethicists and religious groups, who say the technology raises grave safety concerns and could open the door to creating “designer” babies, whose eye color, intelligence and other characteristics are selected by parents.
so is this a slippery slope? Or is it just a" better baby?"