Researchers say that the first baby with three biological parents was born five months ago. They used a controversial technique that combines DNA from the mother, the father, and the egg donor. The parents decided to try this option because the mother has a fatal genetic disease. She has already lost two children because of this disease and she wanted to find a safe option.
The Jordanian parents were treated in Mexico, where the child is born. This technique is not approved in the United States. However, it seems that the parents found o solution. The mother carries the Leigh syndrome, which kills the children in a few years after they are born.
How did they manage to have a baby with three biological parents? We have DNA in the nucleus of the cell and in mitochondria. Using this technique, researchers managed to transfer only DNA of the nucleus to the donor egg. The disease was found in the mitochondrial DNA so the baby should not have any health problem. They had five eggs and one of them could be used. The woman pregnancy was normal and she gave birth to the first child in the world who will have three biological parents.
However, there are researchers who think that children should be tracked for their whole life to make sure they are healthy. Moreover, they think that the DNA from the future generations would be altered. This technique was first used in Britain, last year. We are expecting it to be used in the United States in the future. The government seems to agree with the idea as long as the experiments are safe.
The only thing the doctors have to do is wait and see if the child will manage to survive without the disease. If the baby will have a normal life, this technique could be used to treat more genetic diseases. We do not have more information about how this was done and what are the expectations of doctors.
The world is developing so fast and things are changing. At this moment, people are able to born a baby with three biological parents. In the future, everything will be possible. What do you think? Will the child manage to live and have a normal life?
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