Shayn Roby’s Take: The United Kingdom is about to embark upon a journey down a slippery slope from which there may be no return. Playing God with the human genome is definitely moving ahead into uncharted, and perhaps dangerous territory.
Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children.
The methods, currently only at the research stage in laboratories in Britain and the United States, would for the first time involve implanting genetically modified embryos into women.
Critics said the technique was ethically suspect and would eventually lead to a eugenic “designer baby” market.
It involves intervening in the fertilization process to remove faulty mitochondrial DNA, which can cause inherited conditions such as fatal heart problems, liver failure, brain disorders, blindness and muscular dystrophy.
The methods are designed to help families with mitochondrial diseases—incurable conditions passed down the maternal line that affect around one in 6,500…
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