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They used an IVF procedure designed to stop the spread of incurable inherited diseases.
Scientists believe the breakthrough could lead to the first geneticallyengineered children within a few years.
It has provoked an ethical storm, however. Critics say it is a step towards an era of hybrid children and warn that it erodes the sanctity of life.
The technique is intended to help women who carry genetic diseases. It involves transferring healthy DNA from the mother's egg cell into an egg donated by another woman.
Children conceived by the technique would inherit DNA from three sources - their mother, the donor and their father.
The American team who produced the macaque monkeys - named Mito, Tracker, Spindler and Spindy - say the technique could be used to eradicate potentially fatal forms of inherited epilepsy, blindness and heart disease.
Originally posted by Jesus H Christ
I think we all have access to the Drudge Report and CNN.com.
Care to add any of your own thoughts and commentary?
Originally posted by havok
So let me get this straight.
4 babies. 3 parents. Monkeys. Twins. DNA strands and eggs.
Genetically modified children in our future.
Not a good idea.