The existing technology made possible the birth of a child with three parents. Isn’t it amazing how far medicine could go? It evolved so fast that the results sometimes terrify us. Although banned in America, a medical technique made possible the birth of the first baby with three DNA donors. From New York Times, we found out that parents needed to go to Mexico to complete this complex process.
The president-elect of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Richard J. Paulson claimed that the success acquired by science is enormous. Reproductive scientists had the courage to carry out this controversial procedure, implementing DNA from a third person to modify genetic defects. The mother is suffering from Leigh Syndrome, a genetic disease. If this disease has been passed on to the fetus, it could have been fatal. A mitochondrial mutation causes this disease. That was a very bold experiment.
The medical director of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York argued that this disease is terrible because children slowly lose the ability to breathe and move. The syndrome’s symptoms usually develop within the first year of life, affecting the baby’s central nervous system. It should be terrible for a parent to witness a tragedy like this. That is the reason why the Jordan couple decided to take this desperate measure.
A professor of gynecology and obstetrics at New York University, Dr. James Grifo found out about the situation of this couple and wanted to help them. He sent them to Dr. Zhang who had previously attempted such a difficult procedure in China, but no success was registered. The Dallas News had issued information regarding this couple. They already have a baby who is suffering from Leigh Syndrome. The couple lost two children, and the woman had previously experienced four miscarriages.
Trying to modify the mitochondria of the baby, scientists took the DNA from one of the eggs of the mother and the DNA from the egg of the donor. They first implanted the DNA of the mother, erasing the affected mitochondria. After that, doctors have incorporated the healthy mitochondria. Six months have passed since the birth of the child with three parents, and everybody is extremely thrilled.
The advancement of medicine made many wishes come true. Do you think that this practice is a correct one, ethically speaking?
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