Embryo transfer technique could prevent maternally inherited diseases

New technique transplants healthy nuclear DNA of cells carrying mutated mitochondria

By Tina Hesman Saey, 14:21 PM April 14, 2010

Researchers have developed a technique that could help prevent a number of incurable genetic diseases that affect an estimated one in 6,000 people.

The technique targets diseases stemming from mutations in the DNA of energy-producing organelles, called mitochondria, which are akin to cellular batteries. Mutations in mitochondrial DNA can lead to many different human diseases, including diabetes, deafness and diseases that affect the nervous system, heart and muscles.

Mitochondria are the ...

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