Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/3/2014 (4 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Scientists claim they hope to prevent mitochondrial disease

It seems impossible that any child could have three biological parents, but a scientific review, assembled by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, suggests that this could be possible in about two years through an immoral misuse of science.

A theoretical procedure claims it might be able to prevent children from being born with mitochondrial diseases, while it violates basic morality and reduces reproduction to manufacture.

A theoretical procedure claims it might be able to prevent children from being born with mitochondrial diseases, while it violates basic morality and reduces reproduction to manufacture.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/3/2014 (4 months ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Science, Technology, IVF, morality,


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This process, which uses eggs from two different women and one man's sperm to "manufacture" human embryonic life isbeing hailed as noble. Proponents claim it is some kind of effort to prevent deadly mitochondrial diseases, which is caused by damage to the power stations in the body's cells, called mitochondria. This is often the case with such immoral uses of science,

Pray for the parents of children who suffer from life threatening disease.

One in every 6,500 babies is born with serious mitochondrial disease, which means the child has insufficient energy to function. The disease is passed on from the mother if she does not have healthy mitochondria, and can lead to muscle weakness, blindness, heart failure and even death.Life affirming and protecting research is being conducted to deal with this disease.

The panel assembled by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority assessed two advanced forms of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) using material from the natural parents and from a woman with healthy mitochondria.

In Vitro Fertilization is absolutely condemned by the Catholic Church.

Not only does it result in what are referred to as "spare embryos" - and therefore participate in the taking of human embryonic life - it reduces procreation to a form of manufacture in an immoral instrumentalist approach to the gift of reproduction.

Of course, all children are gifts, including the children who result from IVF. However, it is a fundamental tenet of Catholic Moral teaching that the end does not justify the means! 

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, a member of the scientific panel from the Medical Research Council said: "The direction of travel still suggests that it is all safe, but we don't know what's round the corner so we're being a little cautious."

Before the procedures could be preformed, the HFEA reports calls for a series of final tests, including a more detailed assessment of the efficiency of both proposed techniques when using human eggs or embryos, and investigations into any subsequent generations of mutated mitochondria being transferred during the procedure.

"I think that [two years] is not a bad estimation. The other sorts of experiments that we thought were necessary, again it will take about two years to complete all of those," said Lovell-Badge.

Professor Andy Greenfield, who chaired the panel said that issue of safety was not straightforward.

"Until a healthy baby is born we cannot say 100% that these techniques are safe, if you think back to when IVF was a new technology all of these questions were asked before IVF."

Of course, the Catholic Church has pronounced with clarity her opposition to this misuse of medical science. Instead she promotes good science which serves the true common good.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Health

Ebola can stay virulent on unclean surfaces for SEVEN WEEKS, scientists say Watch

Image of  Under certain conditions -- Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa and make inroads in both Europe and the United States, an even more disheartening fact has been learned from experiments conducted four years ago. Under certain conditions -- Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO ... continue reading


Tired of invasive colon tests? The Mayo Clinic may just have what you need Watch

Image of The Mayo Clinic has a new test for colon cancer that is less invasive or arduous than previous screening tests.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new test from the Mayo Clinic may help those who find colon cancer screenings too invasive or arduous. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The test is the first to look for cancer-causing genes in the DNA of a patient's stool, and was approved by the Food and Drug ... continue reading


Dallas nurse declared free of Ebola disease Watch

Image of

By CNA/EWTN News

Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared free of the disease, and gave thanks to God and all those who have prayed for her in recent weeks. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "I feel fortunate and ... continue reading


People infected with Ebola sails past 10,000 mark - and half of them have died Watch

Image of The country hardest hit by the epidemic, Liberia, has compelled U.S. forces to build desperately needed treatment centers and help bring in aid.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It continues to spread unabated - according to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola. Of those infected, nearly half of them have died. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The rapidly rising death toll is occurring ... continue reading


Quarantined Ebola-positive doctor used subway, went to bowling alleys Watch

Image of Dr. Craig Spencer, an American doctor living in New York City, is under quarantine after testing positive for the Ebola virus.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As Dr. Craig Spencer, an American doctor living in New York City, is under quarantine after testing positive for the Ebola virus, officials are frantically tracking his steps throughout the city in order to see who could have been exposed. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


While death rates fall, tuberculosis still leaves millions stricken Watch

Image of The WHO said that insufficient funding was hampering efforts to combat the disease. An estimated $8 billion was needed each year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For a completely curable disease, tuberculosis continues its deadly worldwide toll. The World Health Organization says that about 1.5 million people died in 2013 from TB, including 360,000 people who were HIV positive. The organization estimates that there are ... continue reading


Have we passed the tipping point? Drug resistant tuberculosis could kill millions Watch

Image of Tuberculosis, also known as the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that multidrug resistant tuberculosis (TB) is reaching a tipping point, with about 480,000 new cases having occurred this year. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The lung disease killed nearly 1.5 million people ... continue reading


What's the biggest danger in your home? It will shock and disgust you Watch

Image of Kitchen towels in your home may be the biggest danger to the health of you and your family.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The biggest danger in your house aren't stairs, bugs or chemicals, but actually may be hand towels kept in the kitchen. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kitchen towels may spread food poisoning, bacteria or other dangerous microorganisms around your home without any ... continue reading


NOT long enough: Ebola could lay dormant in the body for longer than 21 days, expert claims Watch

Image of Biology Professor Charles Hass, who has vast experience of analyzing the risk of transmitting biological pathogens, said

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study warns that the recommended 21-day quarantine period for the Ebola virus is not long enough to contain the spread of the disease. While the World Health Organization advises the incubation period for the virus is between two and 21 days, scientists ... continue reading


Nurse says Texas Presbyterian Hospital was chaotic and filthy during Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, reacted very poorly when it discovered that they had been treating a Liberian man with Ebola. According to a nurse who has since come forward, safety regulations were blithely ignored, contaminated linens and waste ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 6:10-20
10 Finally, grow strong in the Lord, with the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 144:1, 2, 9-10
1 [Of David] Blessed be Yahweh, my rock, who trains ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 13:31-35
31 Just at this time some Pharisees came up. 'Go ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 30th, 2014 Image

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
October 30: Confessor and Jay brother, also called Alonso. He was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter