Doctors, religious groups raise concerns over new method of creating '3-parent babies'

Babies born through the mitochondrial genome replacement technology would have the genetic makeup of three people.
Babies born through the mitochondrial genome replacement technology would have the genetic makeup of three people.PHOTO: ST FILE

Doctors, religious groups raise concerns about mitochondrial genome replacement

A new method of creating "three-parent babies" has sparked discussion on whether the technology should be permitted for mainstream use.

Doctors say that the risks are still unknown, while some religious groups raised concerns over the ethical issues that could arise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2018, with the headline 'Debate over method of creating '3-parent babies''. Print Edition | Subscribe