Salk Discovery Could Help Treat Mitochondrial Diseases

April 26, 2015 4:03 PM

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Researchers at the Salk Institute have developed a simple technique to eliminate mitochondrial mutations from eggs or early embryos, a discovery which has the potential to prevent babies from inheriting mitochondrial diseases.

These diseases affect mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses that generate energy in the body’s cells and whose genes are passed exclusively from mother to child.

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