Sunday 11 December 2016

Plans for motherless babies are a gross attack on children's rights

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

How many of us would want to be brought into the world using a technique that meant we never had a genetic mother because she never even existed?
How many of us would want to be brought into the world using a technique that meant we never had a genetic mother because she never even existed?

Some children are deprived of a mother through death. Others are deprived of a mother because the mother has walked out. We always consider that the child in this situation has suffered a tragic loss. But what of the child who has never had a mother? That is to say, the mother has never even existed?

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If this sounds like something out of a science fiction film, that might soon be about to change. Research published in the journal 'Nature Communications' reports that three generations of mice have been created without the necessity of using a female egg.

Instead, the skin cells of mice have been 'tricked' into becoming de facto eggs that have then been fertilised using sperm.

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