The 17 babies, now teenagers, are currently being sought for follow-up study as a British clinic plans to activate further IVF three-parent procedures and Parliament considers regulations or an outright ban.
How should elected officials or, more importantly, all us sort through our compassion toward those struggling with conception, and galloping scientific efforts that often race forward before we have given them adequate thought? Should science have an unlimited avenue for genetically engineering children? Where do we draw a line, because we can be sure that scientific advances will go far beyond just cytoplasmic transfer and mitochondrial donation. What is the ethical limit? What is the biological limit? What is the Christian limit?