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The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification

The Conversation

Human oocyte in vitro fertilization. Ziess Microscopy/Flickr, CC BY-SAThe birth of the first baby born using a technique called mitochondrial replacement, which uses DNA from three people to “correct” an inherited genetic mutation, was announced on Sept. 27.

Mitochondrial replacement or donation allows women who carry mitochondrial diseases to avoid passing them on to their child. These diseases can range from mild to life-threatening. No therapies exist and only a few drugs are available to treat them.

There are no international rules regulating this technique. Just one country, the United Kingdom, explicitly regulates the procedure. It’s a similar situation with other …read more

Source: The Conversation

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