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It is understandable that there would be such a reaction. People distrust science when it comes to reproduction. It was the same reaction with In vitro fertilization (IVF) yet today so many families have benefited from it. The success of IVF now means that many couples who otherwise would be childless can now enjoy the bliss of having their own babies.
Now science has moved on to ‘3 parent baby.’
However I want to explain the so called ‘3 parent baby’ in a way non-medical people can understand. This is not science playing God at all.
Mitochondrial diseases: The mitochondrion is the”power house” of the cell. It produces the energy required by our cells to function effectively. It also helps the body detoxify waste products amongst many other functions.
It is because the Mitochondria are such an important part of our cells that when they malfunction, it causes a whole range of diseases known as Mitochondrial Disorders.
Some disorders related to malfunction of the Mitochondria include Blindness, Autism, Diabetes, Myopathy (muscle problems), Bipolar disorder, Dementia, Epilepsy, Stroke, Parkinson’s disease and many others.
Many of these diseases are passed on from mother to her child because the child gets its mitochondria from the mother. So if the mum passes on defective mitochondria, the child will then be affected by these mitochondrial diseases.
So how does the 3 parent baby work??
Mitochondrial donation means that those with defective Mitochondria can get a good one from donors.
The baby still has the entire DNA from its own father.
It still has the entire DNA from its own mother.
However the defective Mitochondria from the biological mum are replaced with functioning Mitochondria from a donor. This donor Mitochondria make up only about 0.1% of the total DNA in the baby.
I have simplified the process to help readers understand. Details about the procedure can be read in medical articles such as here.
So, do these donated mitochondria mean that the child has 3 parents??
If you got a kidney from a donor, does that make the donor one of your parents??
So we can see that the term ‘3 parent baby’ does not really mean what it says and is simply creating fear and mistrust in the public.
However this is a new technology and long term studies will be needed to ensure that it is safe just like studies are needed and are ongoing concerning IVF babies and many other scientific breakthroughs. We just do not know for now how safe Mitochondrial donation is even though the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has suggested that the technique is “not unsafe.”
You can read why one scientist opposes mitochondrial donation here.
But for now it looks like a major breakthrough which hopefully might alleviate and even eliminate mitochondrial diseases and the suffering and anguish of families affected by them.
Dr Adaeze Ifezulike is a Family Physician/GP based in Aberdeen. She is a Finalist at the UK Sexual Health Awards 2015 and for her book ‘Understanding Contraception: A guide for black ladies’ she has been nominated ‘Author of the Year’ at the Women4Africa Awards.
A warm invitation to all Afro-Carribeans in UK and abroad to attend a health summit – the first of its kind. It will be a great educational event for all attendees. For Healthcare professionals, this will count towards your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Its Easter weekend so what better time than this to visit lovely Aberdeen and be a part of this great event!
Have you ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C? Do you want to know more about the condition?
Whether you currently have the virus or have cleared it, this FREE conference is for you.
Wednesday 19 March 2014, at the Tolbooth, Stirling, Scotland.
Free transport arrangements will be made for all who wish to attend.
Please contact Margo Urquhart Project Support Manager -Sexual Health and BBV MCN at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
It promises to be an enlightening day.
A selection of workshop topics include:
A: Demystifying Hepatitis C
B: Living with Hepatitis C: A dietician and Waverley Care Life Coach worker will explain how diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol and other drugs impacts on your health while living with Hepatitis C.
C: Hepatitis C and Families: session on what the implications are on your sexual and reproductive health while living with, and after, Hepatitis C.
D: Peer Support: Hepatitis C Trust will hold a session on the different types of peer support available, how to access it, and how to start your own peer support group.
Participants are needed for a research project being undertaken on behalf of NHS Grampian concerning the experiences and support needs of those with Hepatitis B.
All participants will receive £30 cash as a thank you.
If you are from the:
1. Asian sub continent or
2. Sub–Saharan Africa or
3. China or
4. Eastern Europe,
And have been diagnosed with hepatitis B (here or abroad) and are living in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire or Moray, we would love to speak to you!
All information gathered is completely confidential.
The research is taking place throughout November and December and will take the form of one-to-one informal interviews, held at a time and place to suit you.
An interpreter can be arranged if required.
There is also the option to complete a paper survey if you would prefer.
If you are interested in taking part, or would just like more information, please get in touch with the researchers.
Call any of the research team (Alison, Menekse or Rachel) from Scott Porter Research on 0131 553 1927 or e-mail them at email@example.com
Feb 2014: This research is now closed. Thanks to all those who participated.