World’s first baby born using DNA of three parents

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http://www.9news.com.au/health/2016/09/28/06/49/world-s-first-baby-born-from-3-parent-technique

The world’s first baby made using the DNA of three parents has been born thanks to a controversial new technique employed by US scientists.

The baby boy was born five months ago in Mexico to Jordanian parents, and is healthy and doing well, said a report in New Scientist magazine.

The boy’s mother carried genes for a disorder known as Leigh Syndrome, a fatal nervous system disorder which she had passed on to her two previous children who both died of the disease.

She had also suffered four miscarriages.

The woman, whose identity was withheld by New Scientist, and her husband sought the help of John Zhang, a doctor from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, to have a baby that would be genetically related to them but would not carry the inherited disease.

The United States has not approved any three-parent method for fertility purposes, so Zhang went to Mexico where he was quoted by New Scientist as saying “there are no rules”.

One method that has been approved in the United Kingdom, called pronuclear transfer, was deemed unacceptable to the couple because it would involve the destruction of two embryos, said the report.

Since the mother carried the genes for the disease in her mitochondria, or DNA that is passed down from the maternal side, Zhang used her nuclear DNA and combined it with mitochondria from an egg donor, in a technique known as spindle nuclear transfer.

“He removed the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and inserted it into a donor egg that had had its own nucleus removed,” said the report.

“The resulting egg, with nuclear DNA from the mother and mitochondrial DNA from a donor, was then fertilized with the father’s sperm.”

Zhang and his team are expected to describe their method at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, next month.

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thats just great eh?..they had to do it in mexico because american laws dont allow it..

“The United States has not approved any three-parent method for fertility purposes, so Zhang went to Mexico where he was quoted by New Scientist as saying “there are no rules”.

yeah..no rules..

“The resulting egg, with nuclear DNA from the mother and mitochondrial DNA from a donor, was then fertilized with the father’s sperm.”

the ultimate menage trois..

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~ by seeker401 on September 29, 2016.

3 Responses to “World’s first baby born using DNA of three parents”

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  2. Britain’s first ‘3-parent baby’ could be born next year

    https://www.rt.com/uk/368848-three-parent-baby-approved/

    what could go wrong?????

  3. i thought this has happened already??

    Vast ethical questions abound as Britain approves scientific leap; U.S. may not be far behind

    https://www.lifezette.com/momzette/three-parent-babies-could-soon-be-born/

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