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The Center for Genetics and Society blog highlights the latest developments in the social, political, and ethical implications of human biotechnologies, with contributions from staff, fellows, consultants, and guest authors.

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Slippery slope

3-person IVF and Infertility: What Kind of Slippery Slope is This?

Reacting to two breaking news stories about 3-person in vitro fertilization (IVF) in less than two weeks, Paul Knoepfler, professor and stem cell researcher at UC Davis, recently tweeted:

Right before our eyes real sllippery slope on 3-person IVF? Doc using pronuclear transfer to "treat infertility" https://t.co/0ekDpCV16M

— Paul Knoepfler (@pknoepfler) October 11, 2016

On September, 27, 2016, news broke that NYC-based fertility doctor John Zhang and his team...

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Last September, a media buzz erupted around the birth of the first child with genetic material from three people. This was a newsworthy event because it was the result of a risky and controversial technique known as 3-person in vitro fertilization (IVF), which has been justified by its...
Headlines in September announced the birth of the first child with genetic material from three people, using...
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