As we saw in the UK, it is easy to imagine headlines reading, “Doctors to Create Babies with Three Parents,” as the FDA considers approving mitochondrial donation in the US. On one hand hand, the "three parent baby" label might not be technically correct since in reality mtDNA is more complex and "parent" is something of sociological role. But "three parent baby" does convey to the public that this is a procedure to prevent genetic disease and opens the door to a public discourse on the overall acceptability of genetic modification.
Should the medical community itself use the "3 parent baby" label in communicating about mitochondrial donation to the general public? More broadly, how can we best communicate the topic to make the American public aware of benefits of mitochondrial donation and decrease the risk of the issue becoming politicized?
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