Debating the Ethics | Ruth Macklin

February 17, 2015 4:58 PM

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Debating the Ethics | Ruth Macklin

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), a governmental regulatory agency in the United Kingdom, has just approved a technique that prevents women with mitochondrial DNA disease from transmitting the faulty DNA to their children.

First, some background. Mitochondria are the cell's chief source of energy. Mitochondrial disease is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for the cell.

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