from The Center for Ethics Education
As far as ethics are concerned, Dr. Yuko concludes, “What we should be concerned about is reproductive policies that restrict necessary care or limit options for potential parents—not a poorly-named tactic used to limit life-threatening medical conditions.”
On Tuesday it was reported that the first live birth resulting from mitochondrial donation was born in New York to a Jordanian couple.According to The New York Times, the fertility procedure – also referred to as “3-parent IVF” – was performed at a Mexican clinic and the baby is a healthy boy.
The purpose of a donor for this couple was to “overcome flaws in a parent’s mitochondria that can cause grave illnesses in babies.” Thus, the DNA from the egg of the healthy mother who has the mutation, is placed in the egg of a healthy donor after her nuclear DNA is removed. It is important to understand that the mitochondria of a cell are completely separate entities from DNA that determines inheritance.