The world's first geneticallymodified humans have been created, it was revealed last night.
The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics.
So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'.
Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey.
The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in an attempt to enable them to conceive.
Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults --two women and one man.
The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their 'germline' means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring.
So... We (as a species) tend to freak out about cloning humans, but tinkering with their DNA is cool?
Modifying human DNA and creating babies with the splintered DNA from 3 human parents seems like a really BAD idea to me.
This is one of those Pandora's box type of events. Once it's out there, it's out there.
There is no turning back now.
As humans, we can't even work through simple differences without going to war and killing each other off.
We still have a large number of racists among us and we've just created a new subset of humanity for them to get uptight about.
And what would we call those people, instead of racists? Geneticists?