Posts Tagged with Mitochondria DNA

  1. Incremental Changes: Three Parent IVF

    [ By on July 14, 2014 ]

    Recently, the NYTimes published a long-ish piece on three parent IVF.  Simply put, one parent contributes an egg, another the sperm, and a third the cytoplasm for the egg, which contains a third parents mitochondria, including their mitochondrial DNA.  While the benefits for those with mitochondrial disease are obvious, it is strange that this appears to help some women achieve pregnancy and live birth, but it does.  The interesting thing for me is that this is one small change from IVF, but feels like a big ethical step.  What are your thoughts?    

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