September 28, 2016: Scientists have announced the world’s first baby born with DNA from three people.
A report in New Scientist magazine says the baby boy was born five months ago in Mexico to Jordanian parents and is in good health.
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U.S. fertility doctor John Zhang turned to Mexico for the birth because the technique is still banned in the United States.
The baby’s mother carries genes for a fatal nervous system disease called Leigh syndrome. She had passed on the illness to two previous children who died shortly after birth, and had suffered four miscarriages.
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Zhang isolated the disease-causing DNA from the mother’s nuclear DNA, injected her healthy DNA into a donor’s egg, and fertilized the egg with the father’s sperm.
Zhang plans to make a full presentation of the case at a medical meeting next month in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Federal health officials have banned the technique in the U.S. because earlier experiments resulted in babies with genetic disorders. (VOA)Click here for reuse options!
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