It seems as if the more sensationalist media coverage of mitochondrial donation focused on the procedure creating children with three parents. In current organ donation practices, even though recipients receive a donor's DNA via the cells of, say, a kidney, we don't consider the donor a "parent." However in mitochondrial donation, the donated organelle and mtDNA will be expressed in every cell throughout a recipient's life. Yet as Dr. Niemi noted in a background question, mtDNA make up just 0.1% of our genes. Will children who benefit from mitochondrial donation actually have three parents?
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