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Published On: Tue, May 7th, 2013

Details emerge on 30 genetically modified babies born after experiments from New Jersey lab

The world’s first genetically modified humans have been created, 30 healthy babies in fact were born, according to new reports.

The Daily Mail summarized the reports in a May 7 article that details the “series of experiments in the United States” which led to the children with genes from three parents.

Photo/Femke Jenkins Photography

Photo/Femke Jenkins Photography

The experimental program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey has been key in the birth of at least half of the children.

The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilized in an attempt to enable them to conceive. Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year-olds confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults: two women and one man.

“Was this fantastic scientific breakthrough greeted with applause and adulation by the public and government regulators? Were high-fives thrown and hugs given to strangers? Did people journey for miles to see this miracle, and then rush forth, in the manner of 1st century Judean shepherds, to tell others of this marvelous occurrence? Of course not. Shrieks of outrage were heard about “genetic modification,” “designer babies,” and (no overreaction would be complete without them) Nazi eugenicists,” wrote one blogger.

NaturalNews.com asserts that “The technique used could allow the parents of a child to choose a third parent with traits they wish their children to have, such as being taller, and would open up the whole debate about the ethics of designer babies.”

Lord Winston, of the Hammersmith Hospital in West London, told the BBC yesterday: “Regarding the treat-ment of the infertile, there is no evidence that this technique is worth doing . . . I am very surprised that it was even carried out at this stage. It would certainly not be allowed in Britain.”

Supporters point to regulations and the FDA, but after the Kermit Gosnell trial, many are questioning if oversight is even present in some scientific circles.

 

 

 

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