Thanks to a new method, in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), researchers are getting closer to allowing gay couples to have children that are genetically related to both partners or for a single parent to have a child created of their sole genetic material. This technique could utilize the sperm cells from two fathers or two egg cells from two mothers to produce an embryo.

To date the technique has only been performed in mice, but its cheerleaders are already excited about what this may mean for humans. According to Professor Sonia Suter of George Washington University, “IVG also presents the possibility of ‘perfecting reproduction’, by greatly improving the ability to screen for undesirable diseases or even traits.”

What these researchers will also admit—but are quick to downplay—is the unknown results of such a technique and how it may affect both the couples and the children created from this endeavor. Such a practice also continues to pervert the practice of medicine that was once aimed at healing and now seems to be only concerned with perfection and meeting the desires of a few over the needs of the many. For the brave new world of reproductive technology, however, such concerns are merely part of the costs and consequences  of doing business.

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Christopher White, Ramsey Institute Project Director