A new medical technique is being developed which has the potential for removing several genetic diseases. It involves using the DNA from a third party to replace damaged genes as part of IVF treatment.
The process is to obtain involves implanting the nucleus from an egg into that of a donor egg, whether fertilised or not. Most of the DNA would then come from the parents, but a small chunk of mitochondrial DNA would come from the donor. Effectively, it would give the child three parents.
There are probably plenty of moral and ethical considerations about this.
Should the kid be told they have three parents, but then how is this dissimilar to adoptions or surrogacy, where the parents that raise a child are not necessarily the same as those who created it.
Is this a step too far in IVF treatment or could it lead to more a genetically diverse population.
What do you think?