On 17th March, the media company Imedi published on its news website imedinews.ge, information titled “In Britain, children will be born from 3 parents”. The latter subject is a manipulation of information from CBSNews.com, since the title of the article published by Imedi is misleading and doesn’t reflect the content of the material itself.
The primary source of the Imedi article was CBSNews, in agreement with which the University of Newcastle, in Great Britain, was granted a first official license, so as to be able to use the DNA of 3 different people during artificial insemination. It is stated in the title of the CBSNews publication, that the case indeed concerns the use of DNA coming from 3 different people, and not the birth of a child by 3 parents, like it is indicated on Imedi TV’s website. Thus, the title used by Imedinews.ge is manipulative and misleading, as it doesn’t reflect the content that is conveyed in the information.
Identical Russian sources:
On 16th March, the same information was released by Russian media platforms, with the titles being formulated identically to the article published by the Imedi website. Specifically, these media platforms are:
|Media||Information about the media||The title of the news by the media|
|tvzvezda.ru||An information portal of the Russian Armed Forces radio “Zvezda” (ЗВЕЗДА)||In Britain the birth of a child from three parent has been allowed
(В Британии разрешили рожать детей от троих родителей)
|tsargrad.tv||Tsargrad.tv (Царьград ТВ) is a Russian conservative information-analytic TV channel. It started broadcasting in 2015. The owner of the Television Company is a Russian philantropist Konstantin Malofeev. In the years of 2015-2016, the Editor in Chief of the Television Company was Aleksandr Dugin—supporter of the Eurasian idea and Russia’s ideology of aggressive expansionist politics, as well as a supporter of Abkhazia and South Ossetia’s independence||With license, children will be born from three parents in Great Britain.
(Дети от трех родителей начнут рождаться в Великобритании по лицензии)
|kolokolrussia.ru||Internet magazine Kolokod Rossii (Колокол России) was founded in 2014 by Vadim Rogozhin, who is the Editor in Chief of the magasine. According to him, Kolokod Rossii (Колокол России) is a state-patriotic media that will unite ideologues, intellectuals, experts, journalists and bloggers around the same idea –the expansion and reinforcement of the “Russian world” (Русский мир).||In Britain creation of a child from three parents is permitted
(В Британии разрешили рожать детей трем родителям)
|spbdnevnik.ru||Peterburgskiy Dnevnik (Петербургский Дневник) – daily newspaper of St Petersburg city government||British clinic obtained a license to create children from three parents.
(Британская клиника получила лицензию на создание детей от трех родителей)
About the DNA program:
In December of 2016, the government of Great Britain passed a law, which aims to prevent the transmission of fatal genetic diseases from mothers to their children. New procedures reveal structures existing outside of the nucleus of the mother’s egg cell–problems of mitochondria that can cause muscular dystrophy or failure of major organs in children. The procedure that is used in such cases is called „Somatic cell nuclear transfer”. During the latter process, the nucleus of the cell is detached from the mother’s egg, and transferred into the egg cell of a donor, containing healthy mitochondria, and where the nucleus is already removed. As a result, the egg cell includes the DNA of the nucleus of the cell from the mother, as well as the mitochondrial DNA from the donor. After this, it is possible to fertilize the egg with the sperm of the father, in order to obtain an embryo (a fertilized egg) that would thus carry the genetic information of the mother, the father, and the donor of the egg cell.
Prepared by Dali Kurdadze