Sunday, March 20, 2016

We Each Have A Separate, Primitive, Inner Mitochondrial Genome

We each have a complete human genome “on the outside.” But on the inside we have a separate genome for the very primitive, if not  primordial, single cells that dwell in our cells: the mitochondria. We could call them our “mommychondria” because, unlike our outer genome -- half from Mom and half from Dad -- the mitochondria are inherited solely from our mothers. It seems the mitochondrial bathing suits on the sperm are stripped away and left at the ovum door. The mitochondria affect vital functions like assisting cells in converting nutrients to energy and, more strategically, facilitating the body in overall health, disease prevention, and longevity.

It’s only a matter of time before there will be mitochondrial mischief in the realm of in vitro fertilizations as happens in The Hot Monkey Love Trial. Meanwhile, there are very exciting developments from the goods doctors. Where women have diseases that can be passed on because of mutated mitochondrial DNA, there’s now an in vitro procedure where the mother’s nucleus is removed from her ovum and combined with surrogate donor ovum with health mitochondria. Combine and bake for nine months. Serves one healthy baby.