MEXICO - We all know it takes DNA to make a baby but how about three people's DNA?! According to a report by New Scientist magazine a baby, who's now five months old, is the world's first child created using a controversial three-parent technique.
It was done because the mother carries genes for the nervous system disorder known as Leigh Syndrome, and had two previous children who died from the disease.
Since the genes of the disease are found within the mitochondria, the mother sought out a fertility doctor who removed DNA from one of the mother's eggs and placed it within a donor egg which contained healthy mitochondria. Then the egg was fertilized with the father`s sperm and implanted into the mother. The baby boy is now a healthy five-months old.
The last time doctors attempted to create a baby from three people was in the 90’s, but that resulted in babies being born with genetic disorders which ultimately ended up getting the practice banned.
The most recent procedure was performed in Mexico, where doctors are allowed to attempt the technique. A similar technique may soon be approved in the U.K.
As of now, the three-parent method has not been approved in the United States.