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FDA may allow babies with 3 parents

Posted Wednesday, February 26th 2014 @ 10am  by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – An advisory panel to the FDA is investigating the merits of a technique dubbed "three-parent IVF," a method opponents worry could lead to so-called "designer babies," the Washington Post reports. The method in question aims to help mothers who carry risky DNA mutations—causing blindness or epilepsy, for instance—avoid passing them to their children. While the panel is looking only into scientific questions surrounding the procedure, observers' concerns range from safety to whether the technique could lead to parents choosing their children's genetic traits. Speakers at public hearings said the procedure involved "an unprecedented level of experimentation on non-consenting human subjects" and could make babies into "manufactured products," theStarTribune reports.

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