First ‘three per­son baby’ born us­ing new method

Fiji Sun - - World News - BBC

New York: The world’s first baby has been born us­ing a new “three per­son” fer­til­ity tech­nique, New Sci­en­tist re­veals. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of ge­netic code from a donor. US doc­tors took the un­prece­dented step to en­sure the baby boy would be free of a ge­netic con­di­tion that his Jor­da­nian mother car­ries in her genes. Ex­perts say the move her­alds a new era in medicine and could help other fam­i­lies with rare ge­netic con­di­tions. But they warn that rig­or­ous checks of this new and con­tro­ver­sial tech­nol­ogy, called mi­to­chon­drial do­na­tion, are needed.

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