FDA warns doctors: Stop pushing “three parent” fertilization
(Natural News) A controversial fertilization procedure is being banned by the Trump administration for displaying a disgusting lack of respect for a human embryo. Informally known as three-parent IVF, this implantation process destroys two embryos to create a viable egg cell which is then fertilized by a single sperm. The technique was initially created to prevent rare genetic disorders and treat infertility. The procedure is technically called mitochondrial replacement technology (MRT) and has, since its introduction, opened a can of worms. Many questions have been raised on creating genetically-modified babies to suit a parent’s needs. There is no assurance that MRT will not be used for cosmetic or even military reasons.
The FDA has condemned the practice. In a strongly-worded letter, Mary Malarkey, Director of the Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality called out New York-based physician, Dr. John Zhang for his request to run clinical trials of the experimental technique. The FDA has conclusively stated that any and all forms of procedures that seek to modify a human egg cell is illegal and unethical. There are several reasons for their conclusion, but one of the main factors listed is that scientists are not even sure what impact the MRT procedure would have on the babies it produces.
MRT supposedly prevents the occurrence of genetic disorders that are passed through mitochondrial DNA by removing one mother’s mitochondria and using another mother’s “healthy” DNA instead. Dr. Zhang allegedly pioneered the concept here, successfully engineering his “first live birth” using MRT. The procedure was tested on a woman who carried a gene for a rare neurological disorder. The woman also claimed to have suffered from four miscarriages and the two children she had delivered died very early. Dr. Zhang created a three-DNA human embryo for the woman in the U.S. but had her brought to Mexico to implant the cell.