Friday, December 14, 2018 |
Column: Biohazards —
Topic: Scientism —
Don't Believe Everything You Read—Even in Science Journals
by Paige Comstock Cunningham
This is a cautionary tale on accepting announcements of scientific breakthroughs at face value. In late 2016, "fertility provocateur" Dr. John Zhang announced the first birth of a three-parent child, through a technique he called mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT), one of three IVF techniques used to combine material from the eggs of two women and the sperm of one man.1 The goal of such therapy is to avoid transmitting disease to a child through mitochondrial DNA, which is contained in the . . .
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