Saturday 22 October 2016

World's first 'three parent' baby born with new 'revolutionary' technique

Published 27/09/2016 | 16:41

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In a first for world science, a baby has been born using a 'three person' fertility technique.

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New Scientist has revealed that the baby, who is now five months old, has the usual DNA from his father and mother and a small amount of genetic code from a third party donor.

The new procedure was designed to allow parents with rare genetic mutations have healthy children.

It is done by removing the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and inserting it into a donor egg that had had its own nucleus removed. The resulting egg is then fertilised with the father’s sperm.

Dusko Ilic at King’s College London, who wasn’t involved in the work, told New Scientist: “This is great news and a huge deal. It’s revolutionary.”

The Jordanian parents were treated by a US medical team in Mexico.

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