Ethicists approve “3 parent” embryos to stop diseases, but congressional ban remains

Washington Post, 3 February 2016
Author: Joel Achenback
“An elite panel of scientists and bioethicists offered guarded approval Wednesday of a novel form of genetic engineering that could prevent congenital diseases but would result in babies with genetic material from three parents. The committee concluded that it is ethically permissible to “go forward, but with caution” with mitochondrial replacement techniques (MRT). The conclusions have slammed into a congressional ban: the government is prohibited from using any funds to handle applications for experiments that genetically alter human embryos.”
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