Should scientists be allowed to create genetically modified children who have three – or even four – parents? The Government wants to let scientists go ahead.
The UK would become the only country in the world to legalise GM babies. Although the aim is to help parents with medical disorders, this issue raises grave ethical concerns. What would be the psychological effects on a child when they learn they have three (or four) parents? Who can predict the consequences of altering the human germ-line with genetic changes passed on to future generations? Is it safe?
In this insightful and cutting-edge report, Professor Calum MacKellar explains the new procedures and discusses the many ethical issues raised.