A Baby Can Have Three Biological Parents, Research Shows

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As science continues to advance, our ideas and values related to pregnancy and parenthood continue to be challenged.

Should we test for birth defects? Would you control the sex of your baby if you could? Does a surrogate mother have no rights to the baby? And now, researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Center raise a brand new sci-fi-like question: Can a baby have three biological parents?

Apparently, it's possible, but that doesn't mean it should be done. According to an editorial in The New York Times, the researchers were looking for ways to eliminate inheritable diseases through maternal DNA, and have created baby monkeys with one father and two mothers. They effectively combined DNA from multiple parents to form one healthy egg, replacing any defective DNA from one mother and replacing it with genetic material from another female's egg.

The researchers say the procedure is also likely to work on humans, giving one baby three parents. While the courts are still busy working out modern-age custody issues, this DNA manipulation would add another wrinkle to the baby blanket.

Is this a path we want to travel, or should we let Mother Nature control procreation?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.