The dream team is back!
In the latest episode of BioTalk, Rebecca Taylor and I give an update on “three-parent IVF” (aka “midochondrial donation or replacement”) and genetic engineering, what it means for our human future and what you can do about it.
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There is a very real possibility that the United States may follow the UK’s lead here. Since recording this episode, I found out that the FDA is once again revisiting their policy on three-parent IVF here in the States. They have asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a consensus committee to evaluate the technology.
If you are in the DC area, please consider attending and making your voice heard! If you are unable to attend, you can submit feedback to the committee here by clicking on “Provide FEEDBACK on this project” or you can email MitoEthics@nas.edu. That’s what I plan on doing; I hope you will join me (Rebecca has posted a sample letter that you can use).
Let’s not sit idly by while the Brave New World advances. This technology is still new enough that we can influence public opinion — if we act now. If not, then it could take generations more to reverse what has been done.
Please let them know how you feel about the genetic modification of future generations.