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Three-Parent IVF Examined — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
June 30, 2014

Three-Parent IVF Examined

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

Patients may ask about a story, entitled "The Brave New World of Three-Parent IVF," in this weekend's New York Times Magazine.

The article examines how three-parent in vitro fertilization has evolved over the past two decades — from a transfer of cytoplasm from a second woman's egg to promote fertility, to the much more complex transfer of all mitochondria from the second woman's egg to prevent diseases caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA.

With two research groups in the U.S. and one in the U.K. having "nearly enough data" to begin clinical trials — and the FDA and Parliament contemplating approval of those trials — the Times takes a look at the science behind the procedure and the often inflammatory ethics debate.

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