The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The U.K. will soon allow doctors to create babies from the DNA of three different people. It will be the first country to do this. British lawmakers voted 382-128 for the idea. Doctors say three-person babies will stop diseases passing from a mother to her newborn baby. As many as 150 babies a year could be born using the new technique. The first baby to be born using the DNA from three people could be born next year. The technique will help prevent an incurable disease that affects about one in 6,500 children worldwide.



The technique is simple. It combines the parents' DNA with the DNA of a female donor who does not have the disease. Doctors replace the unhealthy DNA in the mother's egg with healthy DNA from the donor. The baby receives about 0.1 per cent of its DNA from the donor. Lawmakers said this was "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for many families. Britain's Prime Minister said: "We're not playing God here. We're just making sure that two parents who want a healthy baby can have one." Critics say the technique could lead to the genetic modification of children and "designer babies".

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31069173
  • http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/three-parent-babies-could-be-born-next-year-1-3678635
  • http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/britain-votes-to-allow-world-s-first-3-parent-ivf-babies/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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create babies

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an incurable disease

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It will be the first

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for the idea

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lawmakers voted 382-128

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three people

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As many as 150

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worldwide

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DNA from

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from the DNA

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The technique will help prevent

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babies a year

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about one

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country to do this

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children

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in 6,500



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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The technique is

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in the mother's egg

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It combines the parents' DNA with the

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and "designer babies"

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replace the unhealthy DNA

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of its DNA from the donor.

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healthy DNA

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of a dark tunnel

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The baby receives about 0.1 per cent

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simple

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light at the end

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God here

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We're not playing

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DNA of a female donor

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the genetic modification of children

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from the donor

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The U.K. (1) ___________________ doctors to create babies from the DNA of three different people. It (2) ___________________ country to do this. British lawmakers (3) ___________________ for the idea. Doctors say three-person babies will stop diseases passing from a mother to (4) ___________________. As many as 150 babies a year could be born using the new technique. The first baby (5) ___________________ the DNA from three people could be born next year. The technique will help prevent an incurable disease that affects about (6) ___________________ children worldwide.

The (7) ___________________. It combines the parents' DNA with the DNA (8) ___________________ who does not have the disease. Doctors replace the unhealthy DNA in the mother's egg with healthy DNA from the donor. The baby (9) ___________________ per cent of its DNA from the donor. Lawmakers said this was "light at the end (10) ___________________" for many families. Britain's Prime Minister said: "We're not playing God here. We're just making sure that two parents (11) ___________________ baby can have one." Critics say the technique could lead to the genetic modification of children (12) ___________________.





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TheU.K.willsoonallowdoctorstocreatebabiesfromtheDNAofthreediff
erentpeople.Itwillbethefirstcountrytodothis.Britishlawmakersvoted
382-128fortheidea.Doctorssaythree-personbabieswillstopdiseases
passingfromamothertohernewbornbaby.Asmanyas150babiesayear
couldbebornusingthenewtechnique.Thefirstbabytobebornusingthe
DNAfromthreepeoplecouldbebornnextyear.Thetechniquewillhelppr
eventanincurablediseasethataffectsaboutonein6,500childrenworld
wide.Thetechniqueissimple.Itcombinestheparents'DNAwiththeDNA
ofafemaledonorwhodoesnothavethedisease.Doctorsreplacetheunh
ealthyDNAinthemother'seggwithhealthyDNAfromthedonor.Thebab
yreceivesabout0.1percentofitsDNAfromthedonor.Lawmakerssaidth
iswas"lightattheendofadarktunnel"formanyfamilies.Britain'sPrime
Ministersaid:"We'renotplayingGodhere.We'rejustmakingsurethatt
woparentswhowantahealthybabycanhaveone."Criticssaythetechni
quecouldleadtothegeneticmodificationofchildrenand"designerbabie
s".

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