Three Parent Children, Germ Line Manipulation, and Designer Humans

Today’s vote in Parliament in favour of allowing three parent children makes the UK the first country to cross internationally respected bioethical red lines. It does so first by allowing the creation of human beings using DNA from three human beings and secondly, by opening the door to germ-line gene modification. By altering the very make-up of the human species, the technique provokes a global … Continue reading Three Parent Children, Germ Line Manipulation, and Designer Humans

Expendable Mothers

Adelaide couple Mark and Matt, both 29, have acquired Thai-designed newborns Tate and Estelle through commercialised surrogacy overseas. According to Adelaide’s Sunday Mail, “the dual boy-girl delivery an hour apart by caesarean section to separate surrogate women for gay parents is believed to be an Australian first”. These babies have a complex genealogical history. They were conceived from eggs extracted from a single Caucasian donor woman … Continue reading Expendable Mothers