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KIE Affiliate publishes on new IVF procedure

KIE Faculty Affiliate Travis Rieder is published today in Wired, arguing for a sane and science-based discussion of an experimental new IVF procedure currently under investigation in the US:

The experimental IVF procedure recently given a green light by the United Kingdom’s House of Commons and under investigation in the United States, to allow for a mitochondrial DNA surrogate to avoid transmission of mitochondrial disease, has been described as some parents’ “first glimmer of hope that they might be able to have a baby that will live without pain and suffering.” More dramatically, some have hailed the technology as potentially “life-saving”. This is incorrect and misleading: This technology is not life-saving, and it will not prevent cases of mitochondrial disease.

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