The nucleus of a cell

The nucleus of a cell and the mitochondria in that same cell have different DNA. Mitochondria contain DNA (mtDNA) only from an individual’s mother, while the DNA in the nucleus (nuclear DNA) is half from the father and half from the mother. Certain mutations in mtDNA can lead to serious health concerns for the baby. The procedure involves two eggs and one sperm: doctors fertilize an egg from the mother (with mtDNA mutations) with a sperm from the father; in the other egg from the other woman (which has healthy mitochondria), doctors remove the nucleus of the cell; they take the nucleus from the fertilized egg and implant it into the egg from the other woman, producing an egg with a nucleus that’s been fertilized by the mother and father but with all other organelles and cellular structures from the other woman:; this final egg cell is then implanted into the mother to develop into an embryo.

The embryo will have DNA from its mother and father (in the nucleus of the cells) as well as DNA from the other woman (in the mitochondria), thus producing a baby with DNA from three individuals. While this mitochondrial therapy provides the opportunity for people to have healthy babies, free from the crippling diseases brought about by some mtDNA mutations, it also raises ethical concerns, for example, about creating "designer babies." Prompt: What do you think? Write a paragraph about whatyou think about the procedure you read above.

Should legislators give the go-ahead for doctors to start implementing this technology to allow people to have babies without mitochondrial diseases? Here are some questions you may consider in your response (you don’t have to respond to all of these questions,*:hese are just some ideas to get you going). Are you too concerned about the biological and ethical concerns surrounding this type of technology? Should we do more research before fulfy implementing this technique in humans? Is it our job to "play God?" Are there provisions we could write into law to prevent the "slippery slope" argument? If there is a scientific way to prevent diseases in humans, should we always do so? Is there any real, discernable difference between this mitochondrial therapy and IVE (in-vitro fertilization) 7 Is curing a disease really the same as creating "designer babies?" Other organelle diseases Write a second paragraph about a different disease related to a different organelle. Briefly describe which organelle is affected, the effects of the disease, and the normal functioning of that organelle. Are there any cures or treatments? Post Please write the 2 paragraphs responding to the prompt by the start of the first exam, Thursday 3/14. You should cite specific information (i.e., evidence) from the information written above, the article linked above, and/or another article you found on your own to support your claims. After submitting your response, explore what your classmates wrote and respond to their posts

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