Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 129–142 | Cite as

Tri-parent Baby Technology and Preservation of Lineage: An Analysis from the Perspective of Maqasid al-Shari’ah Based Islamic Bioethics

  • Abdul Halim IbrahimEmail author
  • Noor Naemah Abdul Rahman
  • Shaikh Mohd Saifuddeen
  • Madiha Baharuddin
Original Paper


Tri-parent baby technology is an assisted reproductive treatment which aims to minimize or eliminate maternal inheritance of mutated mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The technology became popular following the move by the United Kingdom in granting license to a group of researchers from the Newcastle Fertility Centre, Newcastle University to conduct research on the symptoms of defective mtDNA. This technology differs from other assisted reproductive technology because it involves the use of gamete components retrieved from three different individuals. Indirectly, it affects the preservation of lineage which is important from an Islamic point of view. This paper aims to analyze and discuss the implications of the tri-parent technology on preservation of lineage from the perspective of Maqasid al-Shari’ah based the Islamic bioethics. The analysis shows that there are a few violations of the preservation of lineage, hence the tri-parent baby technology should not be permitted.


Bioethics Maqasid al-Shariah Assisted reproduction Islamic bioethics Mitochondrial disorders Tri-parent baby technology 


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Conflict of interest

The authors report no financial or commercial conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programme of Applied Science with Islamic StudiesAcademy of Islamic Studies, University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Fiqh and UsulAcademy of Islamic Studies, University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Centre for Science and Environment StudiesInstitute of Islamic Understanding MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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