Genetics gone wrong. The controversial news in the global community lately, is the U.S scientists that created the world’s first genetically modified babies — many see this as tragedy.
According to reports by NaturalSociety, the U.S scientists involved in the modification, announced the result recently on July 27th confirming that 30 babies were born using genetic modification techniques.
The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. According to the scientists, extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilized in an attempt to enable them to conceive.
To verify the modification success, genetic fingerprint tests were ran on 2 one year old babies with results indicating they have inherited DNA from three adults: 2 women and 1 man.
This means that due to the extra genes inherited through the genetic modification process, this unnaturally created babies will now be able to pass their genes along to their offspring. Majority of the world’s scientists have shunned down this unnatural technique of altering the genetic codes of humans. If the genetically modified babies are allowed to mate with non-Genetically Modified humans, it could potentially alter the very genetic coding of future generations.
Read the following excerpts culled from DailyMail on the story:
John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said:
‘One has tremendous sympathy for couples who suffer infertility problems. But this seems to be a further illustration of the fact that the whole process of in vitro fertilisation as a means of conceiving babies leads to babies being regarded as objects on a production line.
‘It is a further and very worrying step down the wrong road for humanity.’ Professor Cohen and his colleagues diagnosed that the women were infertile because they had defects in tiny structures in their egg cells, called mitochondria.
They took eggs from donors and, using a fine needle, sucked some of the internal material – containing ‘healthy’ mitochondria – and injected it into eggs from the women wanting to conceive.
Because mitochondria contain genes, the babies resulting from the treatment have inherited DNA from both women. These genes can now be passed down the germline along the maternal line.
A spokesman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates ‘assisted reproduction’ technology in Britain, said that it would not license the technique here because it involved altering the germline.
Jacques Cohen is regarded as a brilliant but controversial scientist who has pushed the boundaries of assisted reproduction technologies.
He developed a technique which allows infertile men to have their own children, by injecting sperm DNA straight into the egg in the lab.
However, Rebecca Taylor of LifeNews, reports that after digging further into the GM babies story published by DailyMail, she found that the study was actually conducted sometime in 2001 and not June 27th 2012 as reported on NaturalSociety. She also said the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had put a ban on the genetic experiment.