The Center for Healthy Sex has released its “25 Best and Worst Sex Moments of 2012″ [WARNING: vulgar] on Huffington Post.
I didn’t know what to expect when perusing the list, but I know I did not expect “BEST #8: Embryos Created From Two Women, One Man.”
How in the world could this qualify as a “Best Sex Moment”?
Indeed, scientists at Oregon Health & Sciences University announced in October they had created a unique human being using the DNA of three parents, ostensibly to correct gene defects:
The researchers… said they are not using the embryos to produce children, and it is not clear when or even if this technique will be put to use….
In a report published online Wednesday by the journal Nature, Shoukhrat Mitalipov and others at OHSU report transplanting nucleus DNA into 64 unfertilized eggs from healthy donors. After fertilization, 13 eggs showed normal development and went on to form early embryos.
In other words, they created and then killed 64 children. And that’s a “best of 2012″ moment?
Here’s The Center for Healthy Sex’s rationale for so liking this deadly human experimentation….
Why this matters: Innovation often precedes generational trends in sexual health. Science and technology find discoveries in the grey areas beyond the black-and-white thinking of fundamental morality, and function like sex therapy in this regard. If a person is attracted to a unique style of consensual sex, there is almost always someone willing to fulfill that need. Similarly, if there is a demand for healthy embryos… then there are scientists and developers willing to fulfill these needs. Regardless of the number of people who might object to such innovation on moral grounds, it only takes one inventor to change the course of history.
Somehow embryonic research is now part of “sexual health,” and is, in fact, compared with kinky sex. And if “fundamental morality” opposes it, all the better, it would seem.
[Photo from Oregon Health & Science University via AP]