Genetically Modified Babies
Since mitochondria contain genes, babies resulting from the treatment have inherited DNA from both women. These genes can now be passed down the ‘germline’, which is permanently altered along the maternal line. It forever changes the make-up of our species.
Once the children have inherited the extra genes that have been incorporated into their ‘germline’ they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring. The mast majority of the world’s scientists do not approve this technique.
According to the Daily Mail, other scientists are worried that we do not understand enough to be making such substitutions in genetic information and the research is premature.
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