Researchers produce monkeys with genetic material from two mothers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/09

Researchers produce monkeys with genetic material from two mothers

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Researchers in Oregon say they've been able to produce monkeys with genetic material from two different mothers.  This science could someday help get rid of diseases that are inherited only from the mother, conditions that can lead to blindness, mental retardation, Huntington's Disease, among others. 

Scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University say using Rhesus monkeys, they replaced most of the key genes from one egg with genes from another monkey and then fertilized the eggs with sperm.  Four apparently healthy monkeys were born from the two moms.  Scientists say this procedure could eradicate some inherited diseases from families, but it raises some ethical and legal questions. 

The technique is still a long way from being used in people.

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