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because of automatic budget cuts. also on friday, the labor department releases the jobs report for june. all right. busy week ahead. that does it for me. the "newsroom" continues with don lemon. don? >> thank you very much. here's what's coming up in the "newsroom." the live report of one of the hottest places on earth. plus, a sightseeing helicopter crashes in to the hudson river prompting a rescue by good samaritans on jet skis. plus, having a conversation on race you won't see anywhere else on television and i do want to warn you early on. the language will be raw. we'll begin with this. this hour, a trial that trance fixed america. the shooting death of florida teen trayvon martin and the admitted shooter george zimmerman. the first week of uncomfortable moments in this florida courtroom. 22 witnesses took the stand
providing crucial testimony for the 6 female jurors who will eventually determine george zimmerman's fate. joining me now is cnn's martin savage and an attorney will join me from california in a little bit on this. martin, you have been inside of this courtroom. you have been there all week. what's the one defining moment that is going to stand out for the jurors, you believe? >> reporter: well, you know, i'm not sure yet that we have reached one defining moment. there's been a number of interesting moments, certainly the testimony that we heard from rachel jeantel captured a lot of people's attention. many diverse opinions of how well she did and when people began to closely follow this and following it on television and elsewhere. there's been a noted uptick in the national interest in this story. when it began, people weren't necessarily following that closely. they are now. and then after that, we had friday. friday was a fascinating day
because you had key witnesses there. key witnesses and what i mean is their testimony spoke to the heart of this case. what did they see? who did they see and what position? who was on top and the bottom in this struggle? who was calling for help? up until now, the witnesses well they thought they heard this and saw that. but friday was the day that we saw witnesses come forward and say, i know who it was or i believe i know who it was. so as each day has progressed, more and more we've gotten to the heart of the matter here and that's going to continue starting tomorrow morning. we anticipate with the investigators taking the stand. >> so martin, what about the statements from zimmerman to police in the days following the shooting, written, audio, video reenactment that everyone was fascinated by, are those expected to come in to court this week? >> absolutely. yeah. i would anticipate that those are going to be powerful potentially for the prosecution because, you know, many have speculated will george zimmerman
take the stand. he doesn't have to because he's been interviewed so many times, videotape. he did that reenactment, the walk-through and heard on audio tape as a result of the interrogations that were conducted so he is literally going to be seen many times over with the introduction of this evidence. and what will happen is that the prosecution's going to look for the inconsistencies in his story. and every time he tells it when's different from the other time he told it and are those inconsistencies minor missteps or major oversteps and problems with the time line? so this is why the prosecution says they will use george zimmerman's own words to convict him. we'll see if they achieve that success. >> we'll see. you know, the testimony resumes tomorrow. what is the feeling in sanford going in to week two, martin? >> well, if you mean inside the community, the community here
has been anxious, of course, about the trial to begin with. there's been no problems or major demonstrations, no difficulty outside of the courtroom so everything is moving as the justice system would like to see it happen. i think people are waiting to see what the verdict is going to be. as far as what's going on inside the courtroom, you know, we have seen heated exchanges. we can tell that there are tensions in that courtroom, not only between the prosecution and the defense and witnesses and those that are being questioned. it's a very emotional case. people are very impassioned about this case and those sometimes inside of that courtroom. the jury, they're very attentive. that's one thing everyone noted. they're constantly focused. they're taking notes. and they are taking it all in. but you cannot possibly read what they may be thinking about what they're hearing. >> oh yeah. you're right. marty, stand by. i want to bring darren kavonocki
to do this. he's dressed down but the information is valid here. this week, several pivotal witnesses will take the stand. the medal examiner, a ballistics expert. is the prosecution's best moment yet to come, darren? >> well, i hope so because here we are in the prosecution's case and i think the real headline here is that it seems to be great going for the defense so far. normally as a criminal defense trial lawyer in the prosecution's case, you just got to hold on for dear life and you'll even indock tri gnat the jurors in jury selection to say, hang on. in their case, may look bad for us but we'll have lots to say. wait until we get to ours and keep an open mind. it's amazing on friday when jonathan good was on the stand, people were tweeting to me saying, well, wait a second. the prosecution witness is totally favorable to the
defense. so, things are actually looking pretty good as people are reading the tea leaves now. >> darren, is there a possibility that prosecutors overreached with the second-degree murder charge which requires proof of ill-will or hatred? the witness that seemed to side with what -- back-up what george zimmerman said, do you think they overreached with this? >> well, maybe. i mean, this case really has become about so much more than the facts of that night. but really, in a court of law, not in the court of public opinion, it should be all about the facts of that night. and we really have two completely divergent views of what happened. if you believe that george zimmerman was stalking trayvon martin, that he had this yaend that he was out to pursue somebody, specifically because of race, then the murder charge is not too much. and what's fascinating to me about this particular case is it
seems to be such a breakdown just in terms of ordinary human kindness and communication. this whole tragedy could have been avoided had there not been -- if only george zimmerman would have just identified himself as neighborhood watch or if trayvon martin might not have been con tronational. tragic on so many levels. >> or stayed in the car. here's the thing. >> yeah. >> if you were his attorney, would you advise george zimmerman to take the stand? do you think he should? >> well, it's a tough call. generally speaking, you want to avoid that if at all possible shifting the focus of the case to did the prosecution prove it and how did he do on the stand? all of the audio taped and videotaped interviews that george zimmerman gave, the defense can't introduce those. it's self serving here, say, if the defense tries do it. the prosecution can do it as an admission an going to depend on
what the prosecution does with those videotapes. ultimately, zimmerman's got to get the story out and nobody else can talk about being in fear for his life like zimmerman can. i think we're going to see him on the stand. >> all right. interesting. thank you, darren. thank you, martin savage. see you throughout the evening and next week, as well. you know, after one week of graphic and sometimes disturbing testimony, both sides in the george zimmerman trial are showing signs of strain. defense attorney mark o'mara talked to cnn about his client's emotional state. >> he's very stressed out. he's been in hiding and now facing a potential life sentence and fighting for his life as he was in february of 2012 and very stressful and very frightening. >> but some of the most compelling comments of the week may have come from outside the courtroom. cnn's anderson cooper talked exclusively to trayvon martin's
stepmother about the young man she simply calls her son. >> i don't think a lot of people know your story and your relationship with trayvon. you were his stepmother for a long, long time. >> yes. 14 years. >> 14 years. >> 14 years and a half years. 14 1/2 years. >> how much of a role did you have in raising him? >> hands on. i mean, i've been with his father for 14 years. trayvon was about 3 when i met his father. and ever since then, trayvon been in my life. i've been nothing more than a mother to him. you know? he was raised with my girls. i have two daughters. so -- >> they lived in your house? >> yes. he lived in my house. with me and his father and my girls. and trayvon wanted to live with us. and trayvon was to our house in my home 85% to 95% -- 90% of the
time. >> for what kind of a person was he? what do you want people to know about him? >> i want people to know that trayvon was a kind person. he was a loving person. he loved children. babies. you know? before this happened, i really believe he would have been working with children. because he adored children. and just people to know that he's not what the media make him out to be, like, he was this thug. he wasn't that. >> are you watching the trial? >> i am not watching the trial. >> why? >> it's hard for me. i mean, to see and hear the things that led to his death, it's hard for me.
and i don't care to hear it. i don't care to hear that. i don't. >> the last couple of days in the court a friend of trayvon's has been on the stand. a young woman. one of the things that she's said is that in the discussion she was having with trayvon before he was killed, that he talked about george zimmerman and the terms he used. the cracker. that defense is trying to make it sound like trayvon martin is introducing race in to this situation. is that something you think is fair? >> no, it's not fair. it's because -- i mean, kids going to be kids. and we all been children. we all said things because other children are saying it or whatever. that was never taught in our home. and i never, ever heard him use
those words. >> do you have any doubt about what happened? >> i have no doubt that he didn't start that fight. he didn't start the fight. what i'm saying is that he did -- it was a fight. there's no doubt it was a fight. and zimmerman had to put his hands on him. to cause that fight. he was defending himself. so for people to say, well, he tried to kill him and he this and he that, i don't think anyone would have been standing somewhere in the dark and been approached by someone they don't know and being pushed around and you're not going to defend yourself. and his friend stated it in her statement. he approached trayvon and trayvon asked him, you know, why you following me? >> later this hour, more from the woman who called trayvon martin her son. how she feels about the
possibility of a not guilty verdict for george zimmerman. next in the cnn "newsroom," we'll take you live to egypt where thousands of protesters are taking to the street and the situation is increasingly tense. plus, the visceral reaction to the "n" word. what makes that slur so toxic and why are we so uncomfortable talking about it? enough about the book, i want to hear about your date.
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across egypt are huge as pred t predictpredic predicted with people hitting the streets but the violence many feared so far has been limited. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman joins me now in cairo. what's the situation there now? >> reporter: well, it's past 11:00 at night here in cairo, don, and tahrir square is jam packed and the streets and roads around it. this is the biggest demonstration we have seen here in cairo since hosni mubarak stepped down two and a half years ago. the people out there in the square, not same group of revolutionaries we saw two and a half years ago. it includes ordinary egyptians, men and women, christians and muslims, young and old. one man i spoke to said that, you know, we are tired after a year of mohammed morsi. crime is up.
prices are up. there's no gas at the gas stations and electricity is constantly being cut. and the economy is collapsing. people are fed up and they want this president to leave. that's the group in tahrir square. there is another group in another part of cairo supportive of president morsi. they say, look. a year ago he was elected fair and square as president and he should be able to fulfill his term. now, the worry, of course, is these two groups of protesters will come in to conct and violence will ensue. and another part of cairo, in fact, there's been an attack on the headquarters of the muslim brotherhood. don? >> all right. ben wedeman in cairo, thank you very much. some european officials are furious and demanding answers after a german newspaper reported it has information of the u.s. national security agency spied on offices of the european union.
barbara starr following the latest developments for us. what are you learning? >> reporter: hi there, don. the german newspaper is reporting that the national security agency spied on the offices of the european union provoking outrage from those european allies. the president of the european parliament saying he wants answers from the united states. well, he got a little bit of one earlier today. here in washington, the office of the director of national intelligence issued a reply, a statement saying, quote, the united states government will repond appropriately to the european union through our diplomatic channels. while we are not going to comment publicly on specific alleged intelligence activities, as a matter of policy, we have made clear that the united states gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations. so look, don, that's certainly not a denial that the u.s. is spying on the allies and the u.s. assumes the allies are
spying on the u.s. this is how things are done. so, you know, i think it remains to be seen how much of this is embarrassment that this is dragged out in to the public arena yet again. don? >> barbara starr in washington, thank you. relief still isn't in sight from that punishment heat wave out west. temperatures in death valley, california, reached whopping 127 degrees making it the hottest point on earth for the day. tory dunnan is back in the heat today. how hot is it right now? >> reporter: don, the only way to describe this is by saying, it is just absolutely hot. when the winds pick up, you think it makes it cooler but it's the hopposite. feels like a blow dryer. let's look at the thermometer reading close to 130 degrees. this is not official. we'll get the numbers throughout the afternoon but the one thing, don, that's pretty amazing about
this, we are at the lowest point of elevation of the united states. the heat didn't stop people. taking photos in the distance. they think that the spot could be where we see the highest temperatures today and people want to be here and part of the action and say i was in death valley when it hit possibly record temperatures and finding out that information later on today. >> 130. unofficially by your thermometer. i don't know if people know how hot that feels. it's -- tory, the hottest i did was 140 in india for a stent for cnn here. and you can't explain how hot it is. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, that's for sure. one thing to notice right now out here is it feels like my shoes are almost melting and standing on hot lava rocks. you can't drink enough water. you have to stay in the shade. and many people are coming here from foreign countries and saying they have never felt anything like this. so yeah.
you can't really describe it. that's what people are doing, coming out here. >> my producers tell me, you're making her stand out there in it longer with question after question. thank you, tory. appreciate it. >> reporter: i will. >> all right. many of you finding the next segment difficult to watch, maybe even offensive, but events this week shown us that we can't ignore the pain words can cause or the impact they have on society. stick around. you don't want to miss this. about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? oh, yeah. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. [ wife ] sorry. [ male announcer ] but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. but i feel skinnier, you know? not really.
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welcome back, everyone. there have been two major stories this week that have captured the nation's attention and begged for a biggest conversation on race relations. paula deen was fired and lost many endorsements for using the "n" word years ago and in the george zimmerman trial, sparks flew between defense attorney and star witness rachel jeantel over a term many would find
offense. crazy ass cracker. yesterday we had that conversation. it was open, honest, it was provocative. so much so that we want to play it again for you right now. and i do want to warn you. the language was raw. we used certain words like the "n" word the entire word but it's a conversation we felt needed to be had. here it is. >> it's socially provibted and individually and institutionally. it's policed by authorities that punish people like we're seeing with paula deen and maybe even in the courtroom of the zimmerman courtroom. so the taboo words that are out there and what helps the power is taboo. they keep the power and we get even more nervous about using themment of course, now we are seeing a word, specifically the "n" word with different con tekt july uses. different populations in
different words and maybe not anger. behaviorists or people that research this having a hard time determining harm by the usage. >> mark, so do you think we hurt ourselves not using the words? i have to tell you, researching this, you saw the "snl" clip,right? nigger and goes it. i watched "the jennifersons" saying -- you remember back -- what was the saying they used to say? "nigger, please. they said that on television in the '70s. we can't say it now. >> but black people said it because we moved in to this post-racial ideology, this color blind ideology that says if we don't talk about race, don't name race, if we don't speak certain terms and somehow the world is better and simply not true. i don't have a problem with the sitcom or with you as an esteemed journalists using the "n" word in context. do i think that white people should be using it? absolutely not. do i think someone with a
biracial son is confused about this? absolutely not. i'm -- i find it remarkable that white people find it a complicated puzzle. it is not that complicated. don't use it. just -- you just -- >> no. wait, wait, wait. i have to disagree with you. >> let me finish the thaupgt. you have to accept there are some things in the word, one thing you can't do that black people and that might be okay. >> wait. it's all perspective. >> hang on, buck. >> what about the human consumers, the consumers of hip hop exposed to a new sort of reclaimed usage of the word of music? so when a teenage boy uses it with a friend as a term of endearment, i'm not fighting to use the word but he's a consumer of -- white teens. >> white kids -- i have to tell you. i was in ohio in october coming up on the election and i was with a white kid in his late teen, early 20s in college
talking to another friend and they both were calling each other that term. i was like -- at first, he was on the phone and i thought he was talking to his black friend and then met him and it's not just black people using it as a term of endearment. >> i would be happy if no one used that as a term of endearment. you can listen to the music and hear the words but you don't have to repeat them. they can turn -- >> you can't along? >> why are white people fighting for the right to use the "n" word? let it go. >> i know. i know one white person fighting fiercely to have a say in this and that's buck davis. go ahead. >> i have trouble comparing those words, don, because you can't compare the stories behind those words. so let's take cracker, for instance. big deal. no power associated with it. you call me a honky, no privilege. no power associated with it.
now, if generations of my people had been systematically, categorically discriminated against and some of them lynched while mobs of people screamed kill the honky, good-bye cracker, that would be different for me. the narrative around the "n" word carries so much evil attached to it that for many of us in the majority we have a hard time connecting to the depth of the pain. that word has been used to demoralize, dehumanize, to paralyze and sometimes kill groups of people and from what i know, from my friends and family who are people of color around the country, when they hear that word, it cuts to the bone. >> our conversation did not end there. much more right after a quick break.
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my kitchens and i hear what these young people are calling each other. it's very, very distressing. >> you never joined in on that language? >> no. absolutely not. >> hmm. okay. she apologized. time to move on. right? wrong. sponsors keep dropping here. people appear to be on the fence. here's a second part of our discussion on race. >> i'll tell you, don. i think a reason why so many people are unnerved because paula deen admitted to saying the "n" word is because i think white people are using the "n" word and if you her a racist and if you don't say it, i'm not talking to you but i think people are rattled because if you're calling her racist because she admitted to saying it then you are calling me a racist because i'm still using it and that's what is lighting a fire, i believe, for a lot of americans who are -- who don't
want to hear they're using words associated with racism. >> i think you're right about that because when we had this discussion, we were talking about paula deen and people immediately just telling the story and having a conversation and it, immediately on social media calling you a reverse racist. i say there's no such thing as a reverse racist. you're fair to everyone. it's no such thing as reverse racism. you're a racist. having that conversation you are right. here's what i have to say. if you listen to people who support paula deen or who don't, their problem is really not with the "n" word of a few years ago but her seemingly not understanding the cultural references and what is wrong with what she did and wanting to us seemingly by coming on television to feel sorry for the position she is in and not to feel sorry for her and people feel sorry for her so ignorant about what she's not understanding about the whole situation. >> also a contradiction of her brand. she is a brand of comfort.
she is nurturing. she is nice. she is fun. she is loving. and then for us to hear her say that and not take full responsibility and remorseful about it it's shocking for us. >> okay. >> shocking for some of us. >> for some of us, okay. >> okay. right. real quick. go ahead. >> this is exactly what i expect, though, for someone from paula deen. the brand is built on the cultural legacy of black folk and labor and work and exploiting it. as far as treating us like the "n" word and there's always a relationship between what people say and do and that's when it bothers me so much when white folk use it. >> heard of this? black english. you have heard of rachel jeantel, right? star witness in the george zimmerman case. a lot of people said they didn't understand what she was saying on the stand but one man said she was very eloquent. she was just speaking black english and white america didn't understand. after the break. hi, i'm terry and i have diabetic nerve pain.
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19-year-old rachel jeantel is not on trial yet critics ripped her performance on the stand. >> i say trayvon and then he say why are you following me for? and then i heard a hard breathed man come say what are you doing around here? >> i talked about jeantel with a professor saying she spoke quite eloquently. >> she's speaking black english and people think it's just bad grammar but that's like saying a cocker spaniel is a bad kind of st. bernard. there's different kinds of english. a martian in south central l.a. they could not figure out the rules of black english as they would the english that you and i
are speaking right now. she grew up speaking black english and using it and a tendency to look at it as something that's wrong and reasons for that just as there's a tendency to look at her as something that's wrong in general and there are a lot of reasons for that. >> talk more about that because she was -- when i saw her on the stand, i understood everything she was saying. i grew up in the black community. she's soft spoken and would have to lean in. >> sure. >> i thought she is not having him. that's how young kids are. hmm. yes, sir. >> in other words, she has a kind of poise and all of a sudden on the stand it's being made to seem as if she's somehow pre-lingual in some way and really it's just that she's different. and the fact of the fat matter is that a class element here. honey boo-boo teen mom agagenre
they would have a sting, too. black is less human in many eyes of people and how she looks and speaks and conducts herself. >> the difference, though, honey boo-boos get a show. she won't. >> it's highly unlikely or a show to make us cringe. it is like this. every now and then i'm walking around in new york and somebody will say, john, i love your work on cnn. and i have to think to myself, wait a minute. they think i'm don lemon. we don't look that much alike. there's a certain -- not racists but a certain sense you're a little bit less real. that's what she is laboring under except a way that's hurtful because people think of her as a kind of creature when actually she's somebody speaking a very interesting, very dynamic form of english. she's speaking it very well. >> i spoke with tim wise, you know, the anti-racist and he says it makes her a more believable witness and didn't have to say that trayvon said he
was a crazy cracker, whatever she said. she's more credible. >> she is telling the truth. as far as the cracker bit goes, i mean, she's dissimulating a little in saying it's not racial but i think we all understand that there's a power issue here. his using that word cracker given that he's black and that there's a history and that the relationship between young black men and the police i think is the main thing keeping us from beginning to get past race in this country is that such that it's completely different from somebody using the "n" word as a slur and i think most of us understand that. >> my thanks to john. she has known trayvon martin since he was 3 months now. how his stepmother is speaking out about the man she calls her son. a cnn exclusive next. [ male announcer ] a guide to good dipping.
second week in the zimmerman murder trial resumes tomorrow, the prosecution is expected to call a pair of police investigators to the stand. zimmerman gave several written and audio statements to police after trayvon martin was shot and killed including a videotaped walk-through and reenactment. prosecutors hope to use the statements to disprove his claim of self defense. well, some of the most emotional comments of the week may have come from outside the courtroom. alicia stanley, the woman who helped raise trayvon martin since he was 3 years old, spoke exclusively to cnn's anderson
cooper since the teen's death. >> here with you to let people know i exist. and i will not sit back anymore and take the lies that's out there being told. i'm the one that went to the football games. i'm the one who was there when he was sick. i mean, every time he got sick, if he wasn't at our home, we had to go -- tracy picked him up and brought him back to our home to make him better. i want people to know that he wanted to live with me and his father. >> he didn't -- are you saying he didn't have much of a relationship with his biological mother? >> no, i'm not saying that. i'm not saying he didn't have a relationship with her. what kind of a relationship they had, i don't know. and then with trayvon, trayvon didn't speak of his mother a lot. okay? i didn't speak towards his mother in no way.
no fashion. never want -- and i want her to know, too, that i never tried to take her place. never. >> got to be so hard to have raised this child, young man, to have him lose his life and to feel like all of that has been forgotten or ignored. >> yeah. >> to be alone with that grief. >> yes. it was devastating to know that a child you raised, help raise, and in death you mean nothing. but when he was alive, i was his stepmother. but in death i'm not his stepmother? i don't love him because he done passed? that's unbelievable. and i couldn't believe that these people was doing this. i mean, forgetting where i fit in. i can't sit on the front row.
at my son's funeral? to see him off home. that hurts me. that's the most painful thing that they have done to me. >> you weren't alone to sit in the front row? >> no, no. no. i had to sit in where i fit in. you know? to say them things to me and think it's okay. that wasn't okay. >> if george zimmerman is found not guilty? >> if he's not guilty found, it's going to be heart breaking because i truly believe that zimmerman, he killed my son. i don't think that if zimmerman wouldn't got off of the car i guess you could say -- people say that wasn't no crime.
that's true enough. but to take out your gun and shoot him dead like that, i mean, it would be -- it would be unbelievable if he get off. but if he do, i can really say in my heart that god will take care of all of that. you know? you just put it in god's hand. >> coming up here on cnn, a sightseeing helicopter crashes in to the hudson river prompting a rescue of good samaritans on jet skis. anyone have occasional constipation,
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>> one of the most gratifying things that's happened has been the number of people also suffering from inflammatory bowel disease that reached out to me. i heard over and over again that as they searched the internet, they found no positive stories of living with crone's or colitis until they've come across my story. that's got me motivated. >> when we first met ray she was afraid to put her face in the water to swim. she lost more than 17 pounds, runs up to six miles at a time and she's come to love those long bike rides. >> i was motivated to do this because i wanted to feel better and i was willing to do the work. i cannot begin to tell you how good i feel. how much energy i have. >> together tabitha and rae are helping build a more fit nation. rae's husband just bought a tabitha's 7 1/2-year-old
daughter is starting to get into fitness also. if you want to follow along with their workouts, follow cnn.com/fit nation. >> thank you, dr. gupta. good luck, everyone. a sightseeing tour over new york city ends with a harrowing rescue on the hudson river. a helicopter made the emergency landing after the pilot reported losing power just minutes into the flight. reports say the pilot was able to deploy built-in floatation devices to keep the chopper afloat. the nearby jet skiers and boaters helped bring them to safety. a pilot and four tourists were treated for minor injuries. genetically engineering kids? it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. now we are one step closer to doing just that.
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dna from three people. the uk is one step closer to becoming the first country in the world to do just that. experts say it could prevent some potentially fatal diseases being passed on from mother to child. critics say it's opening up a pandora's box to the creation of designer babies. so dr. debby is here with her take on this. what do you think, designer babies? >> well, the designer baby part is scary. the first thought i had was just amazement and awe. if you think about it, throughout all the centuries that humans have been around, we've never been able to do this. you always have donor sperm, donor eggs, surrogates who can carry the baby through, but never had three parents contribute their genetic material to one baby. it's actually revolutionary, but it is scary as well with some of the ethical implications. >> how much dna would come from a donor? could one child look like them more than its parents? >> no this is actually for a
very focused type of disease. mitochondial disease. most of our genetic material is in the nucleus. we have genetic material in the mitochondial. people with diseases have problem where it's in the muscle or brain, they don't have enough energy in those cells so they can suffer as kids and die. >> what is mitochondrial disease? >> the cell doesn't have enough energy. it uses up whatever it has and then the children actually suffer. they can have weakness, they can have problems with thinking. they can have a lot of different problems. the idea here is that if you use mitochondria from a third person, you may be able to give birth to kids that don't have mitochondrial diseases. >> is it going to come here? >> well, they are starting the research in the uk.
they passed the regulation or passed at he built to be able to start drafting regulations. they are not doing it yet. especially because there is so much controversy surrounding the whole issue. it may be some time before we see it come here. >> all right. dr. devi, very interesting. we'll hear about this in the future. >> thank you. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com furious are headlines around the world that accuses our nsa bugging eu offices on both sides of the atlantic. after the supreme court shot cowan marriage adistributions in california, opponents rushed to stop the weddings. heat records smashed across the west. it's not over. we go live to death valley straight ahead.