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Posted 3/29/15
The United Kingdom’s House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to allow British researchers to pursue a new fertility treatment that could prevent certain kinds of genetic diseases. The technique, called mitochondrial DNA replacement therapy, could allow women who carry disease-causing mutations in their mitochondrial genes to give birth to children free of mitochondrial disease. By replacing the faulty mitochondria in the mother's egg with a healthy one from a donor egg, the resulting embryo carries nuclear DNA from the mother and father and mitochondrial DNA from the egg donor.

This treatment would save children's lives, so why won't the US government allow it? The treatment is new so there are safety concerns, including many ethical and social implications and a profound number of pro-life and pro-jaysus individuals.

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/02/u-k-parliament-approves-controversial-three-parent-mitochondrial-gene-therapy
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/11/treatment-save-children-lives-mitochondrial-replacement
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Posted 3/29/15 , edited 3/29/15
why won't the U S allow? do you even know what America is any more? we allow stupid shit to happen, and leave the stuff the could or will help us out in the not gonna happen void.
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Posted 3/29/15 , edited 3/29/15
I am pretty proud we managed to get this done actually its a huge benefit to those couples(and their children) who require it. The difference between a normal life and a 3 year one fraught with pain.

The Lords could still mess it up of course but i doubt it will be a issue.
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Why hasn't the US allowed it? Because our legislators don't know jack shit about cells... the DNA or mitochondria. There is no big lobby for the procedure, and radical religious lobbies would immediately squash any such thing anyway.
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Pardon my sarcasm but they probably just haven't figured out an expensive way to do it. Once they have enough regulations in place that it'll cost like $200,000 to do something that simple, then I'm sure they'll get the green light.
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Posted 3/29/15 , edited 3/29/15
For a second there, I thought you implied the us government was interested in healthy babies or saving lives. Theres no profit in that...Good one lol
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Posted 3/29/15
hmm the topic of the thread made me think there was a threesome who had a child together
Posted 3/29/15
Oh I read about it before... yeah, good for them.
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Posted 3/29/15 , edited 3/29/15
Interesting. I'm sure more people will be accept it once more research comes out, the knowledge becomes more widespread, and the costs are low enough.

I'm not too sure about the pro-Jesus crowd but I'm fairly certain that most reasonable and educated people will at least consider this a good step toward the prevention of genetic disorders.
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Posted 3/29/15 , edited 3/29/15
The research on this matter has actually been going on since the 1980s, so I wouldn't call the idea new. With that in mind, its safety has been well-established by a sufficiently long review, and I have no objections to implementation of the technique in clinics throughout the UK. The church's claims that more time is needed to address safety concerns or that the technique intrinsically requires termination of a zygote or fetus are, to be frank, total bollocks.
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