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Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Cell Paper on Gene Editing for Mitochondrial Disease

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The Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte group published a Cell paper today on using gene editing to reverse mutations associated with human mitochondrial disease. The paper is Reddy, et al. and is entitled, “Selective Elimination of Mitochondrial Mutations in the Germline by Genome Editing”. The authors report success using TALEN-based gene editing or mitochondrial-direct restriction enzyme (mito-ApaLI) …

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Monday, March 2: My Reddit AMA on 3-Person IVF – Mitochondrial Transfer

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On Monday, I’ll be doing another Reddit AMA, this time on 3-person IVF also known as 3-parent IVF, mitochondrial transfer, 3-parent babies, etc. You can see the upcoming AMAs including mine listed in the right sidebar here. Mine will start at 10AM PST/1PM EST. I hope to discuss with a wide audience all the key …

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UK OKs 3-Person IVF: Perspectives

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With the House of Lords vote yesterday, the UK officially became the only country in the world to have legalized human genetic modification via 3-Person IVF. The point of this “mitochondrial transfer” or “3-person IVF” technology is not directly to genetically modify humans specifically, but it still will lead to that result in any case. …

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Red flags in Sally Davies letter on 3-person IVF mitochondrial transfer

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There’s been some back and forth between me and some members of the UK Parliament and others in the UK on the issue of mitochondrial transfer or 3-person IVF technology. Some of this has involved the UK equivalent of the Surgeon General, Professor Dame Sally Davies, who at one point apparently called my views “bunk”. I …

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UK Surgeon General Calls My Concerns on 3-person IVF “Bunk”

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What is one to do when the equivalent of the Surgeon General of the UK calls one’s concerns about something, in this case 3-person IVF, “bunk”? It sure gave me some pause. What’s going on? First, some brief background. The debate over 3-person IVF/mitochondrial transfer technology has been getting more heated. The epicenter for the discussion …

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Nature Biased News Coverage of 3-Person IVF

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NatureNews is a science news outlet so I’ve been wondering what the heck the deal is with their strongly biased news coverage of the mitochondrial transfer 3-person IVF technology debate. By way of context, I like NatureNews and am a regular reader, but their coverage of the mitochondrial transfer debate has been completely one-sided and inaccurate. Their …

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Poll results: solid support, but desire for more data before 3-parent baby tech moves forward in humans

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I ran a poll asking readers of this blog about their view of 3-parent IVF also known as mitochondrial transfer technology. The poll got 166 responses over a few days. The results are in and they are surprising to me at least. They trend toward some level of support rather than opposition to approval of …

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Human GMO Method Given OK by UK Parliament in Historic Vote

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The UK Parliament just voted to legalize the production of genetically modified human beings. To my knowledge, this is the first time in history that such a vote has given the green light to make GMO human beings in any country of the world. There are other hurdles before this method can actually be used including the …

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