So I found this post about a small portion of one woman's DNA from the mitochondria replacing the damaged mitochondrial DNA from another woman's egg for the in vitro fertilization taking place. The article notes that Britain is the first country to allow this.
I'm curious to know what your thoughts are. I would imagine that, if this were to not be banned across the board, eventual commercialization of genes would become a reality. Sure, it's been talked about having "Build-a-Baby" workshops, but what if you could give your child some characteristic of some celebrity? Say, if you had a daughter and wanted to give her the ability to sing, you could buy the genes for Mariah Carey's voice and put it in your daughter's embryo (provided her acting genes didn't carry over). I imagine that this would still add an incentive to procreate naturally, as a new voice would probably be more marketable than a recycled one. Would that make people with artificially enhanced genes less "valuable" than people of the same capabilities who inherited theirs randomly from two parents, or more valuable because it would be like a status symbol to have an enhanced human genome?
...or will we get some kind of Bioshock/I Am Legend disaster and the whole thing should be banned to avoid altogether a what could be a slippery slope?
Edit: I didn't get into the potential sociological ramifications of three-parent children. I'm curious if the ability to procreate with more than two people would lead to an increase in polygamy. I think it's safe to say that most societies have avoided it, but there was no biological relevance to it either. This is the first time that the product of polygamy could be embodied into one child. Your thoughts?
Post edited 3/20/15 9:38PM