9.0 Infertility- Causes (Ford)
9.0. Dign Person (2008) on treatments - no 1-5, 12-13
9.2. Debated Treatments - ; GIFT; IUI.
1. Ford, ch. 6.
3. May, ch. 67-82.
This Webpage was created for a workshop held at Saint Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, California in 2002
THE Parliament of the United Kingdom has approved two methods for altering the DNA of an embryo by including genetic material from a third person. The procedure is only permitted for couples who have a strong likelihood of passing down a dangerous mitochondrial disorder. The two techniques are maternal spindle transfer (MST) and pronuclear transfer (PNT).
Both methods create a child who has two genetic mothers and one genetic father. The PNT method also requires the destruction of embryos. The MST process does not necessarily require the destruction of embryos, but researchers did destroy embryos as part of the researching process.
Through MST, nuclear genetic material is removed from
the mother’s eggs and transferred to donated eggs that have had their nuclear
genetic material removed before being fertilized with the father’s sperm.
Through PNT, the mother’s eggs are first fertilized with the father’s sperm in a
lab and then the nuclear genetic material is transferred to donated eggs that
have had their nuclear genetic material removed.