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18th December 2016
UK permits three-Parent IVF
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in the United Kingdom has granted permission to create babies from 2 women and 1 man. The technique termed as "3-parent IVF” involves transferring genetic material from the nucleus of an egg or embryo from a woman carrying a mitochondrial disease into an egg or embryo from a healthy donor that has had its nuclear DNA removed, but where the healthy mitochondria remain. This means that the resulting embryo will have the affected mother's nuclear DNA but will not inherit the mitochondrial disease, allowing a woman carrying defective mitochondria to have healthy children.
The resulting embryo has the nuclear DNA of the mother and father, including their physical characteristics and traits, but the healthy mitochondrial DNA of the donor. This is why Mitochondrial IVF will be licensed for use in clinics across the UK. Treatment could start as early as spring 2017.
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Sore throat: When to use antibiotics
Most sore throats are caused by viruses and do not require antibiotics. In some cases, like a strep throat infection, a lab test will need to be done to see if you need antibiotics.
New Delhi, Dec 17, 2016: Most throat infections are viral and do not require the administration of antibiotics. Some sore throats are caused by bacteria, such as group A Streptococcus and require antibiotic medications. Sore throats caused by these bacteria are known as a strep throat infection.
 A sore throat is more likely to be caused by group A Streptococcus if the onset of pain is sudden, swallowing hurts, and fever is present. Such cases can be evaluated using a stand-alone rapid antigen detection test.
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