Now Playing:

Stand for independent journalism
and powerful storytelling.

contribute now OPB


Think Out Loud

Genetic Breakthrough at OHSU

Pete Springer/OPB

Oregon Health and Science University scientist Shoukhrat Mitalipov and his team have created a viable embryo with the genetic material from three different parents. The goal is to prevent genetic diseases from being passed down.

We spoke to Mitalipov in 2009 after baby rhesus macaque monkeys were born using the same science. Now that human genetic material has been used in a similar way, we’ll check back in with the research team and an ethicist to discuss the implications of this scientific breakthrough.

Here’s a video that shows how Mitalipov’s team removed much of the genetic material from one woman’s egg and put it into another: 

What questions do you have about the medical or ethical implications of this research?

health medicine science and technology

More Think Out Loud

More OPB

Join the Conversation

Send Think Out Loud A Message

OPB has updated its privacy policy. You can find details here.

Also This Hour

Washington State Elections

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 29, 2012

Environmental Update

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 29, 2012