Mitochondria replacement

UK researchers are working on new medical techniques that could allow women to avoid passing on genetically inherited mitochondrial diseases to their children. These techniques, which are IVF-based, offer options for affected families. However they are also at the cutting edge of both science and of ethics.

The following lay summary explains some of the more complex issues involved in what is a specialist and rapidly moving area of biomedicine.

Mitochondrial donation - an introductory briefing note (PDF 426 kB)

Page last updated: 15 October 2014