10 votes

World's First Genetically Modified BABIES Born

by Michael Hanlon | Daily Mail

The world's first geneticallymodified humans have been created, it was revealed last night.

The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics.

So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'.

Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey.

The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in an attempt to enable them to conceive.

Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults --two women and one man.

The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their 'germline' means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring.

Continue reading at The Daily Mail

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Yes, but the military already

Yes, but the military already pumps soldiers full of drugs to make them stay awake, be more aggressive, etc.

I remember seeing this last year

my mother wouldn't believe it when I told her about it because the Medical facility was named St. Barnabas. She thought for sure it was a joke because she thought that a place with Saint in its name would be anti-this for sure.

IMO

Done years ago. Probably in the thousands or even tens of thousands, by now.

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Agreed

"Lord Winston, of the Hammersmith Hospital in West London, told the BBC yesterday: 'Regarding the treat-ment of the infertile, there is no evidence that this technique is worth doing . . . I am very surprised that it was even carried out at this stage. It would certainly not be allowed in Britain.'

Is he really that naive???

Offshore, presumably to bolster the Army of the Republic.

Little did anyone know....!

Has the potential to go wrong

Has the potential to go wrong in so many ways.

Southern Agrarian

New movie years later

Children of the GMO Monsanto Corn.

For you godless atheists.

If you are a godless atheist who believes there is no Intelligent Design, if you spend one red cent on anything other than bare survival and saving money for the genetic enhancement of your children or grandchildren, then you really DO NOT BELIEVE in evolution or survival of the fittest.

Put your money where your mouth is or shut up.

:D

I believe exercise is healthy,

but run all day, every day, I do not. Most people are much less convinced that tampering with their genetic posterity would be for its ultimate benefit. Committing all of ones resources to a half-baked news story one read on a website would be utterly foolish. That kind of dogmatism is less common outside of the religious world. At least they're still going to hell though, right?

What? This makes no sense.

The whole point of selective mating is to make your germline as fit as possible. By this riculous logic thst would mean if we did not spend every possible cent on finding the most genetically perfect mate then we don't believe in evolution.

You might be too ugly to find a genetically perfect mate.

But you're not too ugly to work two jobs!

Wish I could've been genetically modified before I was born

I think having cat's eyes would've been cool and I'm not necessarily against having a long prehensile tail for balance. Retractable claws could also come in handy. ;)

I would settle for

significantly denser muscles and bones, and being in my 20's till 200, and a higher metabolic rate so I can eat what I want and not be fat, not to mention the agility of a cat.

I hope I live long enough to

I hope I live long enough to see real superhumans in my lifetime.

I really wouldnt call this super human

but then again would you mind defining what you mean by super human? After way too many years of reading comic books I may have too high of a standard for super human.

"Superhuman" meaning having

"Superhuman" meaning having abilities beyond that of a normal human. An ability to see in the dark, like a cat or owl would qualify. I'm not suggesting we'll ever see humans that can fly like Superman.

Agreed...

Can I get a +1 for eagle wings?

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

Are you aware we are being conditioned to accept transhumanism?

For instance:
http://www.singularity.com/
Been at it for a while - remember 7 of 9? You will be assimilated....
Keep your lovely, precious human genetics. Get yourself one of these instead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nx37ccqHMk

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

Perhaps in 20-30 years, such

Perhaps in 20-30 years, such genetic modifications (if possible) will be as common as cosmetic implants are today.

I'm very conflicted about the ethics of this.

I'd like to hear Ron Paul, OB/GYN's thoughts on this.

I suppose it is more ethical to create life that could not be created (GM) than to kill that which has been created (abortion).

In New Jersey

The experimental program was called "Donors for Donuts".

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

jrd3820's picture

Hmmmm

"The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving."

Couldn't some of the abortion ladies just have had their baby and adopted it out to one of these women who had troubles conceiving?

I'm going to pretend you are asking out of a sincere desire to

understand.
Just for instance, I mean nothing like this could ever happen so just pretend a teenage girl gets raped. She is a good Christian and a virgin and just naive enough to really worry she might be pregnant. She KNOWS it is a sin to have an abortion, so that is out. She knows that if she tells her parents, she will be in the street and obviously the father is not going to help raise the child, so keeping the baby is out. She knows that if she puts the baby up for adoption, one day that baby may come knock on her door and ask "Why did you put me up for adoption?" and she wonders how to answer that. Do you tell the child their father was a rapist? Do you make up a lie to cover for him, for the child's sake? Should the mother let the child feel that she was too poor, too lazy, too unfit, or tell the child "Your father raped me." And perhaps as an adult, such a person might look back and wonder why she was ever pressured by anyone in any way to risk her life to make a rapist a father of a child...
Nah - never happen. Just make the women bear every baby whether she wants to or not.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

One question.

If the parents are Christians, why would they put their daughter out on the street for getting pregnant? Not logical. Christians don't do such things, Satanic posers maybe, but not Christians.
grant

LOL

I just don't know what to say. It happened all the time when I was young. The "war on drugs" and war on families had people convinced that their own teenage children were rotten liars.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

If I were raped...

I would beat feet to my doctor and request the morning after pills. Why do people seem to forget about that option when discussing unwanted pregnancy. Sure it's 89% to 90% effective combined with the likelyhood or unlikelyhood of actual fertility/conception but that's certainly better than the other options.

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

35 years ago?

Or if you are a kid with no money? Or if you are a battered wife with no money?
And if you have never been raped, I can assure you that you don't really know what you will do. It really does not seem like that big a deal - its just sex, right? And yet it is that big a deal somehow.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

women who get pregnant after rape

and has the baby happens more often than you would think. Often times the children born in that situation wonder why everyone thinks they should have been aborted. How would you like if every time someone mentioned abortion most people say you should have been aborted?

why do you feel the need to judge people?

Is it your baby? I don't say they "should" be aborted, I tried to explain why a woman might choose an abortion. And how I would feel is probably something like "Glad you weren't my mother."

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

jrd3820's picture

Oh my, fishy....

I think we agree on a few things here actually....

I agree with and often stand up for (which is sometimes hard on this forum) a rape exception, incest exception, and "case of the mother's life exception" when it comes to abortion.

What I thought about this story was it seemed like there was an idea that it seemed like genetically modifying a baby would be helpful for those who cannot have babies. Yet, I think there are a lot of other ways to take care of that.

I can see who I did not word this in a thoughtful manner, I was just a little shocked by the story.