By: Ethan A. Huff
November 16, 2012
According to the Chicago Tribune, these genetically-modified (GM) embryos are not yet intended to actually produce real, living children — although it is only a matter of time before this nightmare becomes a reality (remember the movie Gattaca?) — but they will be used in the present to investigate how babies of the future might avoid certain inherited diseases. By combining the genes of one man with those of two women, OHSU researchers claim they have devised a way to effectively replace “defective” genes with normal ones.
There are two types of genes contained in cells — those found inside the nucleus of cells, which influence visible traits such as eye color and height, and those found outside the nucleus in energy-generating mitochondria, which do not influence visibletraits, and are only passed along by the mother rather than the father. It is these exterior genes that OHSU scientists have learned to alter, reprogram, and literally block from being passed down from mother to child, which they claim could one day unveil ways by which inherited diseases might be avoided
Tampering with human genes will likely unleash a Pandora’s box of health horrors
But is this genetic manipulation of the human genome safe and ethical? The answer to this, just like to all genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), is a resounding no, as nobody knows for sure what the long-term effects of vandalizing human genes really are until after the irreversible process has been set into motion. And yet this has not stopped OHSU researchers nor their British predecessors who conducted similar experiments back in 2008 from engaging in the abominable practice under the guise of supposedly preventing incurable diseases.
According to reports, the OHSU team that worked on the study, which was published in the journal Nature, is currently trying to gain federal approval to test the development of its GMO babies in actual women rather than in petri dishes, which will take such experiments to a whole new level of reality. It will presumably not be long after, should these “Frankenscientists” receive such approval, before GMO babies are normalized throughout society, and eventually perceived as genetically superior to normal babies with genetic “defects.”
British news claims GMO babies are already being manufactured in women
The U.K.’s Daily Mail; however, reported recently that similar GMO babies are already in existence, having been created using similar techniques in women with fertility problems. According to that particular report, at least two babies born using gene-splicing techniques have already been confirmed to possess genes from three different parents, one father and two mothers.
“The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their ‘germline’ means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring,” wrote Michael Hanlon about the issue. “Altering the human germline — in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species … could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.”
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This article was posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:23 am