Tag: human embryo

Sep 28 2016

The world’s first baby with three parents was born

A boy is the world’s first baby that has the DNA of three people. The “three parent” technique allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies. In this case, the mother carries genes for Leigh syndrome in her mitochondrial genome. She is healthy but had lost her first two children to the disease …

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Jun 06 2016

Netherlands allows growing human embryos

The government of the Netherlands is willing to allow growing human embryos “under strict and limited conditions” for research purposes, which would give hope to parents who have problems conceiving. The Dutch minister of health, Edith Schippers, said the aim is to “give people the possibility of (healthy) children”. The research has to do with …

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Apr 12 2016

Study used CRISPR technology to introduce HIV-resistance mutation into embryos

Researchers from the Guangzhou Medical University in China have reported the use of CRISPR gene editing in human embryos to try to make them resistant to HIV infection. A total of 213 fertilized human eggs were collected from 87 patients of in vitro fertility therapy. The embryos were unsuitable for implantation because they contained an …

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