Primary literature articles (one short viewpoint from PloS Genetics and a cited primary article from Nature) to go with the segment from the Morning Edition ratio program on a new experimental treatment for mitochondrial DNA diseases, a mitochondrial transplant.
Listen to the radio segment and read the accompanying articles on the project. Submit a 2 page (double-spaced) summary and critique of the primary study (Nature) and the short opinion piece (PloS Genetics) as well as the radio clip Worth up to 8 extra credit points!
How good of a job did Morning Edition do explaining the role of mitochondrial DNA in inheritance and how the transplant would work?
What are the ethical issues associated with performing such a procedure? Should these types of treatments be allowed?