World’s first GM babies born

The world’s first genetically modified humans have been created, it was
revealed last night.

The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of
experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about
ethics.

So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain
genes from three ‘parents’.

Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of
one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and
Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey.

The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in
an attempt to enable them to conceive.

Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they
have inherited DNA from three adults –two women and one man.

The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated
them into their ‘germline’ means that they will, in turn, be able to pass
them on to their own offspring.

Altering the human germline – in effect tinkering with the very make-up of
our species – is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world’s
scientists.

Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high
intelligence.

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by MICHAEL HANLON, Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-43767/Worlds-GM-babies-born.html

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