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New breakthrough ‘could prevent hereditary diseases’ – Health | Bounty

In SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on August 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm

New breakthrough ‘could prevent hereditary diseases’

Couples could be able to have their own biological child, but have the embryo altered at the very early stages to ensure it is born with no hereditary medical conditions.

At least that is what a new research breakthrough has suggested, after experiments were successfully carried out on pregnant monkeys at the Oregon National Primate Research Centre and Oregon Health and Science University.

The proposed procedure could see scientists remove the nucleus from extracted maternal eggs that carry the DNA defects that cause certain diseases and transplant it into a healthy egg, which would then be transplanted back into the pregnant woman’s uterus.

Commenting on the findings, Professor Ian Wilmut, head of the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, told the Times: “This brings us an important step nearer to being able to prevent the birth of children with a particular type of inherited disease.”

Meanwhile, scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand recently revealed that women who gain too much weight while pregnant could give birth to children who enter puberty at a younger than usual age.

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