The first (amitted) test tube baby success story.
"30 babies were born using genetic modification techniques. Furthermore, 2 of the babies tested were found to contain genes from a total of 3 different parents. The experiment also lasted over 3 years or more according to the researchers, which may be one of many.
Are you worried about the DNA alteration?
Do you think the experiment will change humans in the long run? How?
Discuss any other matters that come to mind about this :)
This doesn't bother me. There is a natural occurring disorder called Chimerism that has been seen in children. A woman gave birth to three children naturally and none of the children had her DNA, BUT THE DNA of the father that sired them and the mothers brother! DNA is a tricky, and strange, thing.
If they have allowed these genetic experiments to go on like this, who knows, maybe they will start cloning humans. They have already cloned dogs, sheep, rats, and the like.
Well muddying the waters of genetic heritage is going to have impact on everything from genealogy to healthcare to forensics, certainly in regards to the approaches used today.
It will certainly impact paternity - and if forensics doesn't have all the records - forensics as well.
Genealogy is already an inexact science. I remember asking my mom about hers, and just through her line alone, she could note that several 'relatives' in her line, were in fact not related at all. They were the adopted orphans of neighbors back in the 1918 flu epidemic, adopted very 'informally' by simply taking them in and changing their names back in the day when record-keeping was much more lax. I can imagine this has happened hundreds if not thousands of times over the generations in ALL family lines.
Though genealogy no longer relies solely on written and family records. There are various forms of DNA testing being used to clean up the information such as Y-DNA, auDNA and mtDNA testing.
Yes informal adoptions can confuse things, this is the case in African-American ancestry. It was not uncommon for orphans and children with missing parents to be taken in by others in the Black community and there is no formal paperwork trail to clarify whether there was a situation in which when the child was given the adoptive family name.
Personally, I don't like this, as it is human experimentation against the human's will, if that makes any sense, but as long as the children aren't miserable and are treated well, nothing further that I can say.
My only hope is that
nothing bad happens.