Worried When Science Plays God? It’s Only Nature

March 2, 2015

(The Guardian) – Assisted conception in the UK didn’t bring about the breakup of the traditional family and the birth of babies with deformities but the formation of the HFEA in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 1990, providing a clear regulatory framework for research involving embryos. It would be unscientific to argue that because things turned out fine on that occasion, they will inevitably do so for mitochondrial replacement. No one can be wholly certain what the biological consequences of this technique will be, which is why the HFEA will grant licenses to use it only on the carefully worded condition that they are deemed “not unsafe”.