Researchers successfully alter mitochondria in human DNA to stop genetic diseases

April 26, 2015 8:19 PM

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California – Researchers at the Salk Institute made use of specially designed molecular scissors to edit out bits of mitochondria in the DNA. The tests have been successfully carried out on mice, leaving healthy DNA intact. The research aims at stopping the genetic transfer of diseases in embryos. However, this does bring up the questions of ethical practices and scientific challenges.

Mitochondria is found in every cell and are essentially the areas from where the cell gains energy for various functions. They are also known to have their DNA, which is passed genetically from mothers to their children. This DNA, however, does not affect features like appearances. It creates a prob...

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