Could genetic diseases be cured in the womb?

| | October 26, 2012
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Efforts to develop a working gene therapy for certain inherited diseases have reached a milestone with a new method for altering a human egg cell. If the technique, which was unveiled by Oregon Health & Science University and involves transplanting mitochondrial DNA, is ever approved for use in patients, a child’s genetic makeup could be altered to cure certain genetic diseases before the baby is even born. Even so, the researchers say the treatment wouldn’t likely be approved for testing in humans for a while.

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