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  • Cristina Scala

    Was wondering if the baby from ivf would get a new blood type or new genetic makeup from the “host” mother as apposed to blood type and DNA they were conceived with- either in Petrie dish or in womb? Simply put.. Before implantation..Compared to after birth, is the DNA the same? Or different?

    June 11, 2018
  • Debra

    I find this article very interesting. I was artificially inseminated with my husband’s semen. A procedure had been done to nourish the semen beforehand. Several years prior, I had taken fertility drugs. This lasted up to and including conception. The child was born healthy, by appearances, but by puberty my son was showing strong sociopathic tendencies.
    I have a grandmother and brother who were both extremely narcissistic, as is the child’s father; but I would have expected such tendencies to be tempered with all the good genetics & loving upbringing he received. He was even breastfed 4 years. Generally this produces compassion and attachment. He has neither. I can’t help but wonder if the drugs I took and the sperm wash could have caused this ‘miswiring’.

    August 12, 2017
    • Sharon Howard

      Having a troubled teen is very upsetting. The concept of epigenetics is more about those who have had a baby that is not genetically theirs but over time and through nurturing, develops the traits and behaviours of the parents who are raising it. Not so much about the babies that are biologically ours. It is unlikely that assisted reproduction using your own eggs and sperm would cause a sociopathic disorder. We are all born hardwired with the capacity for empathy, it’s development requires experience and practise. It’s a work in progress from babyhood through to adolescence and beyond. A child needs to learn how to regulate their own emotional responses, to understand they are a separate being from us and to know their feelings and be able to recognise them. But it is up to us to teach them that by the way we parent from a very, very early age. The way we teach them to self regulate emotions is very important. If those who are dysfunctional have a great deal to do with a child’s upbringing that could contribute to issues but the genetics by themselves, unlikely.

      November 17, 2017

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