‘Multiplex parenting’ could allow up to 32 people to contribute to child’s DNA

Scientific advances will soon allow children to have any number of parents, legal experts warn.

The arrival of ‘multiplex parenting’ is a ‘mere matter of time’ as the techniques have been shown to work on mice, according to a study.

In theory, any number of parents from three upwards – of either sex – could contribute DNA to create a baby.

Sonia Suter, a law professor at George Washington University, has explored the issues raised by the technique, called in vitro gametogenesis (IVG).

The arrival of ‘multiplex parenting’ is a ‘mere matter of time’ as the techniques have been shown to work on mice, according to a study

The arrival of ‘multiplex parenting’ is a ‘mere matter of time’ as the techniques have been shown to work on mice, according to a study

She suggests babies could be used to create ‘clans’ of large numbers of people, linked through their shared offspring.

The method would also enable the creation of ‘solo’ children from one parent – as well as hope for infertile adults who would not need a donor egg or sperm.

Professor Suter said that while technical challenges remain, IVG ‘potentially allows for methods of procreation that have never been possible before’.

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