posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 05:25 PM
Controversial research which modifies the genetic content of human embryos has been given the green light in Britain. The research looks into removing
mitochondria from a fertilized egg and replacing it from another woman's egg. The research is needed as certain genetic defects are passed on by
mothers via their faulty mitochondria.
UK scientists have won permission to create a human embryo that will have genetic material from two mothers.
The Newcastle University team will transfer genetic material created when an egg and sperm fuse into another woman's egg.
The groundbreaking work aims to prevent mothers from passing certain genetic diseases on to their unborn babies.
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Apparently this research has been banned in the United States because research there resulted in deformities in live human births. Thats my only
reservation with this vital research.
Ethically I see no problem with removing mitochondrial material. They contain no genes that could be used to create cosmetic designer babies, all the
genes for that are in the egg's nucleus.
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[edit on 8/9/05 by subz]
[edit on 10-9-2005 by DJDOHBOY]