Fate of three-parent babies put to the public
Babies created with three parents could soon become a reality, as the public are asked whether the law should be changed to give families unable to have children a lifeline.
The genetic engineering techniques could allow babies to be ‘designed’ with two mothers and one father to prevent fatal ‘mitochondrial’ diseases from being passed on.
These life-threatening diseases which can cause serious disabilities and even death affect about one in 200 children and are passed on directly from mothers to their children.
By using two parents and a ‘genetic’ donor mother, families currently unable to have children would be able to start families and stop damaged DNA from being passed on.
But before the techniques can be used, the government has launched a consultation to see how the public feel about the emotive issue, as critics worry that the process could lead to the creation of ‘designer’ babies.
So do you think that the techniques should be made legal to help families have healthy children? Or is genetic engineering at any level just too dangerous?