Some words of wisdomTuesday, 24 January, 2012
I’ve written about mitochondrial transplants for human embryos before (especially how it isn’t new, having been first done in 1998), but it still is getting a lot of press as a “three-parent IVF” method. But fortunately the Wellcome Trust has an article to set them all straight on the science of it. I like this part:
1 + 1 + 0.00001 ≠ 3
Also, in an article to The Times the Wellcome Trust’s director, Sir Mark Walport, wrote this very pithy sentence:
If a child with donated mitochondria can be said to have three parents, then the recipient of a heart transplant could be said to have four.