The strangest of the strange has happened. This is what happens when you give a bunch of monkeys to Scientists. But yes, this is really advanced science. Looks like scientists have managed to produce monkeys with genetic material from two mothers. This would really help mothers having inheriting diseases give birth to a healthy child. Now that the good part is over, it will also led to a lot of legal problems, ethical and social concerns.
The monkeys were produced using cloning related techniques, where they found a way to replace the most of the genes in the eggs of one monkey with genes from another monkey. Then they began to fertilize the eggs with a sperm, transfered them back to the animal’s womb and produced healthy off-springs. This would’t have made the news if the off-springs were deformed, which the scientists somehow always manage to do.
“We believe this technique can be applied pretty quickly to humans and believe it will work,” said Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, who led the work, published online Wednesday by the journal Nature.
“This is of great importance. This approach will be beneficial to many families,” said Jan Smeitink, a professor of mitochondrial medicine at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
“With this you have potentially three genetic parents,” said David Magnus, director of Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics. “This will create the potential for legal and social conflicts.”
They say they have developed it for the benefit of women with DNA disorders who pass them to their off-springs also. But to me it just looks like they were playing with the genes and EUREKA! they managed to do something and made up a story.
Well, if it is indeed beneficial them its good. But they need to carry out more tests to confirm it. Cause this is just the output of one successful test. They are lots of chances for the off-springs to become deformed when they grow.