Three Parent DNA?

Good morning

Fascinating story on NPR this morning about a technique that allows the DNA of three parents to be combined to allow for a healthy child.  This technique is used when there are hereditary defects in mitochondrial DNA.  Essentially the fertilized DNA is stripped out of an embryo and inserted into a donor embryo with healthy mitochondrial DNA.  The hope is that this technique both can lead to a healthy child, and one which, in turn, does not pass on the mitochondrial DNA defects along their own genetic chain.

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Image: Daniel Horowitz for NPR

This procedure is not currently legal in the US.  However, the British Parliament is currently considering changing legislation to allow this procedure.

Have a look at the amazing video of the transfer in process!!

Regards

Ken Gordon

Executive Director

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