Now that Britain has legalized three-parent IVF, it's time for other countries to follow suit. As noted by Tom Solomon in The Guardian, "It's mind-boggling that some people are against a medical advance that will prevent mitochondrial disease from occurring." Critics warn that it could lead to so-called "designer… » 2/04/15 4:00pm 2/04/15 4:00pm

Babies With 'Three' Parents Are About To Become A Reality In Britain

The U.K. is set to be the first country in the world to legalize a controversial three-parent reproductive technique. » 12/18/14 4:00pm 12/18/14 4:00pm

The Future of Just-For-Fun Sex Sounds Like No Fun at All

Professor Carl Djerassi, Austrian-American chemist and inventor of the Pill, recently made an interesting prediction in the Telegraph: that, by 2050, most babies in the West will be born via IVF, thereby making all sex recreational. Yes! Let's go get our free-spirited fuck on because oh wait yeah no this is terrible. » 11/15/14 3:38pm 11/15/14 3:38pm

The UK is Importing American Sperm to Deal With Shortage

There is a sperm drought looming over the UK, and they're facing some issues keeping up with the demand. It is believed that donor numbers have dropped since 2005, when donors no longer had the right to anonymity (children who were conceived by way of a donor can now legally ask for the identity of their donor at age… » 6/29/14 4:51pm 6/29/14 4:51pm

Should The Government Pay For Your Fertility Treatments?

The government of Ontario recently announced that it's going to start providing limited coverage for in vitro fertilization, making it the third Canadian province to do so. But is assisted reproduction something states should be paying for? » 4/11/14 12:40pm 4/11/14 12:40pm

Would You Customize Your First Born Child?

The recent announcement by a British medical ethics board in favor of an experimental three-parent IVF treatment—wherein the genetic material from three donors, not the usual two, is used to create a fetus—and has once again stirred the pot of reproductive controversy. So where exactly is the line between prenatal… » 3/16/14 6:02pm 3/16/14 6:02pm

Would you let this woman keep her dead husband's sperm?

In February 2012, Beth Warren's husband Warren Brewer died of a brain tumor. His sperm was stored in 2005, prior to radiotherapy, and Brewer made it clear that his wife could use the samples following his death. Now, legal regulations could prevent Warren from using the samples to conceive a child, should she choose… » 12/04/13 8:50am 12/04/13 8:50am

How to raise cloned children without totally screwing them up

We've been thoroughly enjoying Orphan Black, BBC America's show about a young woman who discovers, to her shock, that she's a clone. But what if, instead of being an orphan with no knowledge of her genetic heritage, Sarah was raised by loving parents? How might they try to ensure she grew up to be a happy and fully… » 4/21/13 7:00am 4/21/13 7:00am

Controversial fertility treatment requiring three genetic parents given…

A number of years ago we reported on how a "three-person IVF" procedure could be used to stop serious conditions from being passed from mother to child. The prospect caused serious concern among many scientists and ethicists. But now the BBC is reporting that a bioethics council is green-lighting the treatment. » 6/12/12 1:44pm 6/12/12 1:44pm

Futuristic And Genetically-Engineered Families That Already Exist

We all know that IVF and other innovations can help infertile couples have children. But can science also help family structures emerge that have never existed before, like kids with three parents? It already has. Here are four examples. » 2/15/10 5:10pm 2/15/10 5:10pm

The First Child to Have Three Genetic Parents

In three to five years, a baby will be born with two genetic mothers and one father. This could prove to be a boon for polyamorous families of the future who want to have children with more than two parents. A team of British researchers working with embryos have now perfected the three-parent babymaking technique. » 2/05/08 11:45am 2/05/08 11:45am

First Clone Made from an Adult Human

Yesterday, the chief executive at biotech company Stemagen became the first adult human to see his clone mature into a viable embryo. No, Samuel Wood isn't planning to raise his own baby clone — he's just doing research into a new way of creating stem cells from adult DNA. But scientists pointed out that the embryo… » 1/18/08 11:20am 1/18/08 11:20am

Electricity in Brain Cells Stronger Than Lightning

Using nanotech devices sensitive to voltage, scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered that cancer cells in the human brain have electrical fields that are stronger than those in lightning bolts. (You can see a top view of the nano gadget at left.) [Technology Review]

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