Some noteworthy news recently came out from the UK:
It’s also noteworthy here in Oregon because one of the two techniques (yeah, there are actually two) was developed at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center.
Forbes summarized both procedures in this recent article:
One is being pioneered by Shoukhrat Mitalipov at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton. His method involves inserting the nucleus from an egg with faulty mitochondria into a donor egg that has had its nucleus removed. A second method spearheaded by a team at Newcastle University in the UK involves transferring the nucleus of a fertilised egg into an empty donor egg.
This graphic provides and even clearer picture of the OHSU-developed therapy. (click the graphic for a full size version)
In this case, the UK seems to be a bit ahead of the U.S. in translating the therapy to humans. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.