How a 3-parent baby could change the world of genetics

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
What Are the Ethics of a 3-Parent Baby?

The U.K. may become the first country to allow in-vitro fertilization using 3 people's DNA. But many are left wondering if the practice is safe and what it could mean for future generations down the road.

The procedure is still in experimental stages but is meant to prevent genetic mutations. The proposed procedure would replace an eggs defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a female donor. While less than one tenth of 1 percent of DNA comes from the donor the change is permanent.

Mutations in the mitochondria's DNA can create ailments that change the way human body cells consume energy. Further the changes could lead to ailments such as seizures and muscle weaknesses. These problems would only persist and be passed down in a minor percentage of female but it still poses cause for concern. Johns Hopkins' Dr. Margaret Moon explains more of the ethical and physical implications in the video above.

Click through to learn about related headlines & stories:
Upworthy: Women's Issues
See Gallery
How a 3-parent baby could change the world of genetics

Why women are fighting back in Kenya:

(Photo: TestTube Daily)

Erin Brokovich's new fight for women and contraception:

(Photo: Getty)

13 unspoken struggles women have to deal with:

(Photo: Getty)

Comedian Tig Notaro on her double-mastectomy & 'frankenchest':

(Photo: WireImage)

Rita Mae Brown on how and why women's appearance played a role in the early feminist rebellion:

(Photo: WireImage)

Activist Marie Wilson talks about the media's skewed value of women's appearance:

(Photo: Getty)

Leaving an abusive relationship is the most dangerous and terrifying experience:

(Photo credit should read VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

This mom says there needs to be more support, less judgement in parenting: 

(Photo: Jamie Grill via Getty)

14 people describe what feminism means to them:

(Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic via Getty)

Important messages all mothers want their daughters to know:

(Photo: Getty)

Distance runner Clara Horowitz Peterson on running while pregnant:

(Photo: Getty)

'Henna Heals:' Bald breast cancer battler given stunning body art crown:

(Photo: Getty)

How 3 brave girls escaped from their Boko Haram captors:

(Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei, AFP/Getty Images)

The reality of date rape on college campuses:

(Photo: Getty)


More on AOL:
The unexpected complications of traveling as a trans-gender
How one campaign is using butt jiggling to inspire women
These animal experiments will change the way you think about animal testing
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading