Apr 022015
 

The UK has become the first country to approve legislation allowing the creation of babies using DNA from three people. The technique is designed to stop genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.

 

 

Vocabulary and definitions

DNA – chemical structure present in the centre of a cell which defines somebody’s characteristics
genes – parts of the DNA
faulty – defective, something that doesn’t work properly
genetics – the science of how living creatures pass their characteristics to their offspring
pioneering – something never done before
mitochondria (the singular is irregular: mitochondrion) – structures in a cell which produce energy, the cell’s ‘batteries’
the gene is out of the bottle – something which can’t be stopped after it has started
designer babies – babies whose characteristics like height, sex, hair and eye colour are created to order
mind-boggling – astonishing, overwhelming

6 Minute English – The three-parent baby Transcript Video

 

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