You may have heard of the three-person baby whereby a child is created from the egg of its mother, but the mitochondria (powerhouse of the cell) is replaced with a donor’s and then the father’s sperm is introduced to complete conception. Now doctors want to apply a similar concept to help improve IVF success rates. In this new scenario, a woman’s own mitochondria is extracted from a healthy cell and inserted into one of her not-so-healthy eggs. Medical proponents say this will greatly improve the success of IVF procedures but so far the FDA is not convinced. What are your thoughts?
To read more on this latest infertility treatment click here to read the article in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.