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Mitochondria

Energy-generating structures found in plant and animal cells. They contain a few genes, which mainly make proteins involved in energy metabolism.



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Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

21 July 2014 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr John Appleby, Professor Stephen Wilkinson, Dr Anthony Wrigley and Dr Annelien Bredenoord

Ethical dimensions of the emerging technology of mitochondrial replacement were the focus of a symposium that took place on 25 June at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico City.... [Read More]

Farewell from me and welcome to Fiona Fox

16 June 2014 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey

When the Progress Educational Trust - the UK charity that publishes BioNews - emerged from the Progress Campaign for Research into Human Reproduction in 1992, I had no idea that I would end up chairing the Trustees for 20 of the last 22 years!... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement likely to be safe but more research needed, says report

09 June 2014 - by Alice Plein

Two experimental IVF techniques that could prevent certain types of incurable genetic disease are 'not unsafe', a report from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found.... [Read More]

Is mitochondrial donation 'genetic engineering'?

24 March 2014 - by Professor Janna Thompson

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg recently implied that mitochondrial transfer is akin to eugenics, but it is a way of combating debilitating ailments rather than producing 'perfect' human beings... [Read More]

Conservative MP says mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children'

17 March 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey

The Conservative MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said that mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children' with 'three parents', and was 'effectively cloning'... [Read More]

FDA Advisory Committee weighs up mitochondrial replacement

03 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

The USA's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to allow human clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement, an IVF technique that uses gametes from three people... [Read More]

Draft regulations on mitochondrial donation published

03 March 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy

The UK Department of Health has published draft guidelines for the use of new techniques to prevent mothers passing on serious mitochondrial diseases to their children. The guidelines will be the subject of a three-month consultation... [Read More]

Mitochondrial transfer and three-person IVF: What's in a name?

24 February 2014 - by Dr Roger Sturmey

The description of mitochondrial transfer as 'three-person IVF' may conjure up some unnerving perceptions of the consequences, and may be met in the public arena with discomfort, but it's worth considering the fundamental aspects of this approach... [Read More]

Mitochondrial clock used to predict worm lifespan

17 February 2014 - by Chris Baldacci

A technique that accurately predicts the lifespan of nematode worms has been developed by scientists monitoring mitochondrial activity... [Read More]

Questions relating to 'mitochondrial replacement'

10 February 2014 - by Professor Calum MacKellar

Those who are concerned about mitochondrial replacement techniques do not have any less compassion than those who believe that such procedures should be introduced: they just remain to be convinced that all the biological risks have been sufficiently addressed... [Read More]

Response to Professor Calum MacKellar

20 January 2014 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn

Having worked with families affected by genetic disorders for more than 40 years, both in the UK (with its multi-faith society) and in the Sultanate of Oman (where the majority are Muslim but other religions are allowed), I have seen and looked after many people with hereditary illnesses, including those with disabling mitochondrial conditions.... [Read More]

Is mitochondrial replacement therapy eugenic and incompatible with human dignity?

02 December 2013 - by John Appleby, Professor Rosamund Scott and Professor Stephen Wilkinson

A group of European parliamentarians from the Council of Europe recently issued a declaration objecting to the HFEA's policy advice on experimental mitochondrial replacement therapy claiming that MRT is eugenic and inconsistent with human dignity. These are substantial moral claims, ones that deserve closer scrutiny, and it is an interesting and important exercise to consider how successful such arguments are... [Read More]

Nanoscale construction project on time and on budget

18 November 2013 - by Dr Naqash Raja

A system that allows researchers to control a tiny cellular transport network has been developed by researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick... [Read More]

Genetic 'fountain of youth' heals wounds in mice

11 November 2013 - by Nicola Davis

A gene normally only expressed in embryos has been shown to improve tissue repair in adult mice... [Read More]

Lisa Jardine to step down as chair of fertility regulator

28 October 2013 - by Sandy Starr

Professor Lisa Jardine has announced that she is due to step down as chair of the UK's fertility and embryo research regulator, the HFEA, in January 2014... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement IVF: discussions begin in USA

21 October 2013 - by Ruth Saunders

The health regulator in the USA is considering whether clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement techniques should go ahead.... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement 'incompatible with human dignity', say European MPs

14 October 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

A group of European parliamentarians has criticised UK proposals to legislate for mitochondrial replacement therapy, calling it 'a eugenic practice'... [Read More]

Scientists warn of potential mitochondrial replacement IVF health risks

23 September 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

A group of scientists has expressed concerns that it may be too soon to bring mitochondrial replacement techniques, which are still under development, to the clinic.... [Read More]

Ageing process determined by mum's DNA

27 August 2013 - by Matthew Thomas

Genetic mutations passed on from mothers may speed up the ageing process and shorten life expectancy, according to a study on mice... [Read More]

Book Review: Fertility and Reproduction

05 August 2013 - by Marco Narajos

Fertility and Reproduction is extremely up-to-date on current issues, discussing saviour sibling treatment, eugenics as well as mitochondrial replacement, all of which have been extremely topical in bioethics... [Read More]

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