A prominent Canadian medical ethicist is alarmed by a vote this week in Britain’s House of Commons to approve in vitro fertilization involving genetic material from three people.
Margaret Somerville, founding director of McGill University’s Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, said the procedure, which aims to eliminate genetic diseases inherited from the mother, creates a “very worrying” precedent and opens the door to a future that could include designer babies.
“It’s a major, major move away from what we thought was acceptable,” Somerville said in an interview with Yahoo Canada News.
BBC News reported the Commons approved the technique Tuesday, 382-128 in a free vote.
"We’re not playing god here,” Prime Minister David Cameron said. “We’re just making sure that two parents who want a healthy baby can have one."
The measure must still be passed by the House of Lords to become law, but it’s thought the first baby conceived using the technique could be born next year.