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New groundbreaking technique creates embryo from 3 parents

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, November 14, 2009 | 1 comments

New genetic research appears to create healthy embryos that will grow into healthy children. Iris WaichlerBritish scientists at Newcastle University have just released information on a new technique they have created that will impact the world of infertility treatment. 

Their original research goal was to prevent children from getting inherited medical disorders.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The technique as described by the British researchers was to "prevent diseases by altering human embryos, which are the product of two mothers and one father."  

Researchers had been working with a woman who had mitochondrial disease which she passed to her daughter. 

The researchers determined that they could, "prevent the passing of mitochondrial disease in a child by extracting nuclear DNA from a mother with mitochondrial disease and a father, then injecting that DNA into a donor egg from a woman without mitochondrial disease."

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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