Re: Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Tue, 10 Nov 1998 02:46:08 EST

In a message dated 98-11-10 00:16:07 EST, John Clark writes:

> Greg Burch Wrote:
> >Won't the mitochodrial DNA be from the donor, then?
> Yes but the amount of DNA in mitochondria is tiny compared
> to that found in the nucleus.
> >Are there potential compatibility problems there?
> I don't see how, the immune system figures out what is self
> and what is not by looking at proteins on the cell wall and all
> the information for them is coded in DNA in the nucleus not
> the mitochondria.

Thanks -- does that mean we could insert foreign mitochondria into mature cells? Is this a shortcut to rev up metabolism?

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