A procedure called mitochondrial replacement therapy could eliminate devastating diseases. It would not enable parents to ‘design’ their children

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The experimental form of IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father, and another egg from a donor woman. It was developed to help families affected by deadly mitochondrial diseases which are passed down from mother to baby. It has been tried in only one prior case – a family from Jordan

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It has been recently reported that a 32 year old Greek woman is 27 weeks pregnant with a child who was conceived after a mitochondrial replacement technique (MRT) – in this case Maternal Spindle Transfer (MST). If true, this would be just the third birth following a reproductive technique that mixes the DNA of three people

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And, so far, they’re just fine. America needs a sober debate about the pros and cons of Crispr instead of a paranoid ban on the technology

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Two women with gene mutation that causes degenerative disorder will undergo mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT)

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But the child’s parents have decided to forego long-term monitoring by researchers

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The idea is that the technique, called mitochondrial replacement, avoids harmful mitochondrial mutations passing from the mother to her children. It works by removing the nucleus from a mother’s egg and inserting it into a donor egg, which has its own nucleus removed. The egg is then fertilised with the father’s sperm

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Researchers are now capable of creating a human embryo from the DNA of three people. Our Jeffrey Kahn joins the conversation – Listen now

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