ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Friday, September 09, 2005

Aldous Calling

I'm not one for slippery-slope arguments, but does anyone really think that this is too far removed from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and the establishment of Alphas, Betas, Deltas, and Gammas?

September 09, 2005

Scientists win right to create human embryo with three genetic parents
By Mark Henderson
Critics claim that watchdog has ignored public opinion to approve experiment for which it changed its own rules

BRITISH scientists have been given permission to create human embryos that will have three genetic parents.

The fertility watchdog cleared a team at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne yesterday to conduct an experiment to prevent genetic disease by merging single-cell embryos with donated eggs.

The decision to approve the procedure on appeal, after two previous applications were rejected, is controversial because it could eventually lead to the birth of children who carry genes from two mothers and a father.

It also opens the possibility of “germ-line” genetic engineering, because any children born would carry added genes that would be passed to successive generations.

At present, gene therapy to alter defective DNA is permitted only when such changes would not be passed on.

The licence awarded yesterday by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allows only experimental use of the technique and not the implantation into a womb of any resultant embryo.

The Newcastle team does not envisage applying for permission to conduct such procedures for reproductive purposes until several years of research have shown it to be effective and safe, though the ultimate goal is to employ it to create healthy children.

Given the disdain for individual liberty from the statist left (and some elements of the right) and the eager anticipation for such a future by some, I for one will be heading directly to the Reservation. (Although, I might want to take a case of soma along with me... )

LargeBill agrees...

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