The Birth Of A Healthy Child

964 WordsApr 11, 20164 Pages
children and from the faulty mitochondria from being passed on through the maternal line. Women who carry the mutated mitochondria may lose many children through miscarriages or an early death because of improper workings of organs such as the brain, heart and muscles due to the genetic defect in mitochondria that should provide energy to the cells of the body, but does not (Sample, 2012). Some of the major supporters of this treatment come from the emotionally standpoint of couples who have struggled with giving birth to a healthy child. As noted in the article by Pritchard (2014), a mother who has lost seven children, whether through miscarriages or early deaths, claims that she would have received the mitochondria replacement had it been approved. In contrast, a mother who was able to receive this mitochondria replacement is beyond thankful for the treatment in giving her a healthy daughter who is similar to her cohorts. Another major reason why some people support this treatment is due to the fact that a child born through this procedure will only have a very small amount of the donor’s DNA in their body. There is a very tiny amount of the donor’s DNA because, unlike a cell’s nucleus that holds about 23,000 genes, a cell’s mitochondria only holds a tiny bit of DNA (Sample, 2012). Additionally, the donor’s DNA from their mitochondria has little to do the characteristics of a child born through this treatment since about 0.2% of the complete DNA that makes up the genetic
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