Expert comment on new study describing the regeneration of functional human oocytes from discarded genetic material

Professor Joyce Harper, Professor in Human Genetics and Embryology, UCL, and BFS spokesperson, said:


“I do not feel that this technique would make an impact on fertility treatment for women of advanced maternal age  as their polar bodies are just as likely to have a chromosome abnormality as their eggs.  It would create more eggs, but it will not improve the quality.  The technique could be explored as a method for the treatment of mitochondrial replacement therapy.”


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