(KTVI) - If you could have a baby free of hereditary disease would you? The FDA is considering the possibility of such research on women carrying defective genes.
Some call this "The Designer Baby" project. It raises all kinds of ethical questions. Dr. Elan Simckes of the Fertility Partnership discusses the science of genetically modified organisms.
The technology involves taking defective mitochondria, the cell`s powerhouses, from a mother`s egg and replacing them with healthy mitochondria from another woman. After being fertilized by the father`s sperm in a lab, the egg would be implanted in the mother, and the pregnancy could progress normally.