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Opinion: Ethical Considerations of “Three-Parent” Babies
John D. Loike and Nancy Reame | Dec 22, 2016
Mitochondrial replacement therapy raises important societal and ethical concerns, but should be embraced for its utility in preventing disease.
Next Generation: Observing Cancer-Associated Mitochondrial Changes
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 30, 2016
A noninvasive microscopy technique that exploits NADH fluorescence enables researchers to observe how mitochondria alter their shape and arrangement in human tissue.
Three-Parent IVF Advances
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 30, 2016
Differences in the replicative advantages conferred by some mitochondrial DNA haplotypes have implications for mitochondrial replacement therapy, researchers report.
Kids’ Sudden Cardiac Deaths Explained by Heritable Mutations in a Single Gene
Kerry Grens | Aug 11, 2016
Examining the tragedies of several families who each lost multiple children, two teams of researchers reveal a previously unappreciated role for a mitochondrial enzyme.
Health Effects of Mitochondrial, Nuclear DNA Mismatch
Ruth Williams | Jul 6, 2016
Mismatched ancestral origins of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA boost mouse health.
Why Paternal Mitochondria Aren’t Passed On to Offspring
Tanya Lewis | Jun 24, 2016
Researchers identify a
gene that leads the organelles to self-destruct in sperm following fertilization of an egg.
Bill Banning Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy Considered
Tanya Lewis | May 19, 2016
The US Senate is reviewing a bill that would extend a ban on so-called three-parent embryos.
Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria
Anna Azvolinsky | May 12, 2016
Researchers uncover the first example of a eukaryotic organism that lacks the organelles.
Revered Biologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Apr 27, 2016
Rick Harrison, an evolutionary biologist known for his research on speciation, has passed away at age 70.
Monitoring Mitochondrial Mutations
Catherine Offord | Apr 18, 2016
Induced pluripotent stem cells—particularly those generated from older patients—should be screened for defects in mitochondrial DNA, a study shows.