ミトコンドリア置換、臨床応用に向けて

By , 2013年7月1日 7:47 AM

2013年2月19日のブログで生まれてくる赤ちゃんからミトコンドリア病の遺伝子を排除出来る方法があることをお伝えしました。2013年1月31日の Natureに掲載された紡錘体移植の論文です。イギリスでは、臨床応用に向けて着々に進んでいるようです。今年末に草案が作られ、早ければ 2年以内に手続きが制定されると BBCが報じています。

UK government backs three-person IVF

The UK looks set to become the first country to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people, after the government backed the IVF technique.

It will produce draft regulations later this year and the procedure could be offered within two years.

Experts say three-person IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases that are passed on from mother to child.

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‘Designer baby’

“It is a disaster that the decision to cross the line that will eventually lead to a eugenic designer baby market should be taken on the basis of an utterly biased and inadequate consultation.”

One of the main concerns raised in the HFEA’s public consultation was of a “slippery slope” which could lead to other forms of genetic modification.

Draft regulations will be produced this year with a final version expected to be debated and voted on in Parliament during 2014.

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ミトコンドリア病を持つ方にとっては朗報です。日本でこのような治療が出来るようになるのはいつになるのでしょうか。

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