Mitochondrial DNA replacement successful in Rhesus monkeys

New procedure may halt some serious inherited diseases, a study suggests

By Laura Sanders, 14:22 PM August 26, 2009

Scientists may have found a way to prevent the transfer of serious inherited mitochondrial diseases from mother to child. By shuttling DNA from an egg cell to a donor cell, the technique enabled the birth of four healthy Rhesus monkey males, researchers report online August 26 in Nature.

“We consider this a big achievement,” study coauthor Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton said in a news briefing August 25. “We believe that the technique can be...

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