Saturday, February 16, 2008

I Have Two Mommies, Too!

Scientists believe they have developed a method for creating embryos from three parents. The technique is hoped to cure diseases and disorders at the mitochondiral level.

Researchers at Newcastle University created embryos from the DNA of two women and one man earlier this month. The procedures they are working on could keep parents from passing birth defects on to their children.

Faults in mitochondrial DNA can lead to as many as 50+ diseases which affect around one in every 6500 people. These illnesses can lead to debilitating health problems, and even death. There is no known cure for these diseases at this time.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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