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Reprod Biomed Online. 2013 Jun;26(6):531-4. doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2013.03.006. Epub 2013 Mar 26.

The ethics of creating children with three genetic parents.

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Novel Tech Ethics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. francoise.baylis@dal.ca

Abstract

This article on mitochondrial replacement technology briefly explains and defends the legitimacy of such terms as 'three-parent embryos', 'three-parent babies' and 'three-person IVF'. Next, it reviews select ethical objections to mitochondrial replacement technology that fall into four, sometimes overlapping, categories: (i) harms to egg providers; (ii) harms to potential offspring and future generations; (iii) harms to specific interest groups; and (iv) harms to society. Taken together, these ethical objections are cause for serious concern and yet the development and future use of mitochondrial replacement technology is likely inevitable.

PMID:
23608245
DOI:
10.1016/j.rbmo.2013.03.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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