The season’s greetings from Whakatane.

Hi Colleagues, Let me take this opportunity to wish you all, the season’s cheer and for a wonderful new year to follow.Despite, all the tragic events that we have experienced in New Zealand this year,it is good to reflect on our lives and give thanks.I have attached two pics,our christmas tree which never fails to show that christmas is around the corner and the second a quote from Shashi Tharoor about Gerontocracy.In Shashi’s words there is still hope as we get older and that must bring a smile to all of us.Enjoy life.Eddie.

 

Designer Babies.In our lifetime.?

img_1150In vitro fertilisation is very common today and perhaps the common  observation of twin births in elderly prosperous females is one result .However, steps are now in action to produce, what may be termed a “choice “ for implantation based on polygenic risk scores based on SNP array results on the embryo.

Sometime next year, two male gay parents will have a child by in vitro fertilisation of an ovum from a female donor fertilised by both fathers.50:50.This is not unique in itself but the couple will for the first time choose which embryo should be implanted in the surrogate mother based on the results of multiple SNP arrays on the embryos which will give the best chance of a disease free life for their offspring, based on the polygenic risk score for common medical illnesses.

This is a first, when the choice of  parents progeny is in the hands of the parents. Will this be the beginning of designer babies for the rich and famous.?At present the SNP arrays used,are for predicting common adult medical conditions.But, there are studies to show that this can be extended to traits like skin colour, height and IQ.When these are allowed ,the reproductive medicine industry will be the centre of controversy by helping parents to produce offspring by design.The design will be the choice of parents.As we stand on the threshold of advances in Reproductive Medicine,the miracle of birth will become a choice for those with deep pockets.We need ask ourselves, are we nearer to playing GOD.?
We have been in Medical practice for over 50 years and have seen many advances but this one will affect the whole world in the century to come.

 

Imagine.Thank you John& Yoko.

Hi,I am posting a song that has much meaning but would anyone of us have thought of expressing it the way John Lennon did in 1971.?In fact it was a song that Lennon wrote from inspiration from the book written by Yoko Ono in 1964 called Grapefruit.Yoko, was in many ways coming to terms with her identity as a child of mixed parents living in New York.John made Yoko’s thoughts into the best lyrics and music that the world now enjoys.Enjoy the music,with musicians from all over the world.It is in my view an everlasting favourite, waiting for Utopia.! Eddie.

Stay away from the toddy kiosk.!!

This song is in Tamil.Unfortunately it has no English subtitles.However,the song is advice from mother to her son about the harm from drinking too much palmyra toddy.To those who understand Tamil, it is an interesting song about young men and their frequent visits to the toddy kiosk which I am sure was an important feature of village life in old Jaffna.I am not sure whether this convenience is still flourishing.Fresh Palmyra toddy was always a must do item on visits to Jaffna in days gone by.! Eddie.