Science is really taking a leap forward with a new advancement that allows for a child to have 3 biological parents.
The Nadiya Clinic in Kiev, Ukraine is currently using DNA from three different people to create babies for women who are infertile. The doctors of the clinic spoke on the matter. “If you can help these families to achieve their own babies, why must it be forbidden?” Dr. Valery Zukin, director of the clinic, said. “It is a dream to want to have a genetic connection with a baby”, he added.
A reporter at the National Public Radio was able to travel to Ukraine and meet with Zukin.
The NPR journalist was provided access to the private facility, which he deemed as “unusual”, and was shown the first ever demonstration of how scientists create these “three-parent” babies. Dr. Zukin also arranged an interview with the mother of a 15-month-old boy, who is one of the four success stories that this clinic has. According to Zukin’s claims, three more women are currently pregnant after undergoing the procedure.
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In addition, women from several other countries such as Britain, Brazil, and Israel are undergoing the process now. This very procedure has been deemed quite controversial, and is prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Zukin’s procedure has been widely criticized for rushing ahead and using this process as a method for infertility, as it may have many unforeseen consequences. Also, according to NPR, no one knows whether children produced this way will be physically healthy in the long term, and some are concerned that the procedure may lead to people to attempt to generate “designer babies." Mary Darnovsky, who heads the Center for Genetics and Society, has labelled the process “pretty troubling."
Although there have been no negative side effects from the procedure as of now, it appears that the process still has many loose ends that have doctors across the globe considering this method unsafe. We’re not sure how to feel about this procedure just yet, but if it ends up being a successful procedure with no negative consequences, then science has certainly done us a favor!