An IVF Threesome to Prevent Disease. Say What?

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1 + 1 + 1 = 1? 

Before you think this formula is incorrect, you might want to consider it in the context of three people making one baby. No, this isn’t a sexual statement. Instead, it’s the latest news coming from the United Kingdom online source, CHAD. According to the post, “Members of the House of Lords will decide today (Tuesday) whether to allow three person IVF treatment to prevent the transfer of Mitochondrial Disease.” Mitochondrial Disease is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for the cell. where-is-mito-disease-diagram Mitochondria are found in every cell of the human body except red blood cells, and convert the energy of food molecules into the ATP that powers most cell functions. In layman’s terms, it’s like one’s body has suffered a “black out.” Everyone’s life expectancy is different, but it’s not uncommon for people to live until they are fifty. If the vote goes through, this life threatening disease could be prevented. How it Works Mitochondrial transfer involves transferring a mother’s genes to a donor egg – without the devastating effects this genetic abnormality can cause in children. CHAD’s post refers to a mother whose daughter already has the disease. “It would be brilliant if this was a possibility for people. It won’t affect me personally now as Corah already has the disease but we are currently being genetically tested to see if we passed it onto Corah.” If this technique is approved, it would mean that a fetus would inherit all 20,000 genes from its mother that determine characteristics like hair color and height. But… it would also inherit 37 genes from the donor that are found in the mitochondria, the batteries that fuel almost every cell in the human body. This is a story that will be highly watched as some parents have already lost several babies to this disease. The idea of having a healthy one is very appealing. Should mitochondrial transfer be approved, approximately 150 three-person babies could be born each year.

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