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Discussion on new genetics-linked tech welcome

Source The Straits Times

The Bioethics Advisory Committee has to consider the dilemmas associated with a new technology which allows a child to be born without serious genetic defects, but with three genetic parents.

Mitochondrial genome replacement technology involves combining the genetic material (DNA) of a couple – who would otherwise be unlikely to have healthy children of their own – with that of a female egg donor.

That would mean the child would have the genetic make-up of three people, although the donor’s contribution would account for less than 1 per cent of the child’s DNA.

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