Preventing Mitochondrial Disease - POST Note

Published 14 October 2014 | POST notes POST PN 431

Authors: Peter Border

Topic: Children and families, Genetics, Health education and preventive medicine, Health services, Medical ethics, Research and innovation

Mitochondria convert biological fuels like sugars and fats into the energy a cell needs. Women with a disease caused by faulty mitochondria pass their condition on to their children. Researchers are developing treatments to prevent this by using healthy mitochondria from a female donor. This note describes these treatments and looks at the issues raised by their potential use in IVF.

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