Saturday, September 10, 2005

The cloned baby with two mothers

The Newcastle University team will transfer the pro-nuclei - the components of a human embryo nucleus - made by one man and woman into an unfertilised egg from another woman.
"I would use the analogy of simply replacing the battery in a pocket radio to explain what we are doing. You are not altering the radio at all - just giving it a new power source.

The scientists claim they are doing this to help prevent genetic diseases while "pro-lifers" are concerned that this is just another step in the direction of designer babies. What implications shall come if this succeeds? Will we begin to see lawsuits for parental rights from the extra mother? Will the UK enlarge the definition of marriage in these cases to include one man and two women? Will the extra women be required to release any rights she might feel she has if she donates an egg for the procedure?

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