Baby born with DNA from 3 peo­ple, first from new tech­nique

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By Mal­colm Rit­ter

NEW YORK >> Sci­en­tists say the first baby has been born from a con­tro­ver­sial new tech­nique that com­bines DNA from three peo­ple — the mother, the fa­ther and an egg donor.

The goal was to pre­vent the child from in­her­it­ing a fa­tal ge­netic dis­ease from his mother, who had pre­vi­ously lost two chil­dren to the ill­ness.

The birth of the boy is re­vealed in a re­search sum­mary pub­lished by the jour­nal Fer­til­ity & Steril­ity. Sci­en­tists are sched­uled to present de­tails at a meet­ing next month in Salt Lake City.

The mag­a­zine New Sci­en­tist, which first re­ported the birth, said the baby was born five months ago to Jor­da­nian par­ents, and that they were treated in Mex­ico by a team led by Dr. John Zhang of the New Hope Fer­til­ity Cen­ter in New York. It’s not clear where the child was born.

The tech­nique is not ap­proved in the United States, but Zhang told the mag­a­zine, “To save lives is the eth­i­cal thing to do.”

A spokesman for the fer­til­ity cen­ter said Zhang was not avail­able for fur­ther com­ment on Tues­day. Oth­ers in­volved in the re­search re­ferred ques­tions to Zhang.

The mother car­ries DNA that could have given her child Leigh syn­drome, a se­vere neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der that usu­ally kills within a few years of birth. Her two pre­vi­ous chil­dren died of the dis­ease at 8 months and 6 years, the re­search sum­mary said.

The tech­nique in­volved re­mov­ing some of the mother’s DNA from an egg, and leav­ing the dis­ease-caus­ing DNA be­hind.

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