Incremental Changes: Three Parent IVF

[ By on July 14, 2014 ]

Recently, the NYTimes published a long-ish piece on three parent IVF.  Simply put, one parent contributes an egg, another the sperm, and a third the cytoplasm for the egg, which contains a third parents mitochondria, including their mitochondrial DNA.  While the benefits for those with mitochondrial disease are obvious, it is strange that this appears to help some women achieve pregnancy and live birth, but it does.  The interesting thing for me is that this is one small change from IVF, but feels like a big ethical step.  What are your thoughts?

 

 

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2 Comments on “Incremental Changes: Three Parent IVF”

  1. KNF

    Kelley Nicholson-Flynn

    [ July 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm ]

    For some thoughtful commentary, please see this piece from Ellen Painter Dollar: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ellenpainterdollar/2014/07/were-asking-the-wrong-questions-about-three-parent-embryos/

  2. KNF

    While I can understand that this is a completely non-traditional and new advancement in medicine, I think that if a person is comfortable with it, why shouldn’t she be able to use it? What people have to realize is that technology is changing and improving and they need to be more open minded about the possibilities it offers today. Many people had the same sort of reaction when the idea of IVF was introduced, and it is now a completely accepted and natural thing. This advancement also raises the question of what makes a parent a parent? A child could have three biological parents, but that is different from having three parents who raise you and love you, which I believe is where the real parents are. So if we are using some part of someone else’s DNA to make a healthy, happy child, and the mother of this child feels confident that she can handle the discussion that will be necessary to have with her child later in life (and every other complication that may come along with this), who are we to tell her she should not do it?

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