Early Embryos May Correct Their Own Genetic Abnormalities

An amazing revelation was recently made at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology by Professor William G. Kearns...
An amazing revelation was recently made at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology by Professor William G. Kearns - what revelation you ask? Kearns reports that early embryos may have the ability to correct their own genetic abnormalities. Wow. It sounds like crazy science fiction, but Kearns, in a Medical News Today piece, notes that there is actual, "Evidence that clearly shows that early embryos with genetic defects can automatically correct their own faults by promoting the growth of normal cells and minimizing cells which have an incorrect number of chromosomes." Embryos are already amazing, but this is just extra fascinating news. Part of the research consisted of embryos that tested abnormal at day three but became normal at day five - wow again! This is significant because it allows for a better time frame in which to predict the ultimate chromosomal status of an embryo. This sort of research could lead to all kinds of useful things, such as better genetic screening and development of useful stem cell treatments. + Source

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