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Does the donor-egg baby have genes from the birth mother?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 09/26/2016

Recent findings suggest that women using donor eggs still pass some traits of their DNA to the donor-egg baby. This phenomenon is called "epigenetics" and is defined as the study of enduring changes in gene activity while the fetus is in the womb.

Epigenetic alterations may influence and/or modify the activity levels of some genes. To sum up, there exists an epigenetic mechanism through which the mother's genetic material appears to influence the embryo's genes.

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 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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