Current Affairs: World's First "Three Person Baby" born using New Three Person Fertility Technique

The usual DNA from his Mother and Father, Plus a tiny bit of Genetic Code from a Donor 

New Three Person Fertility Technique
  • The World's First baby has been born using a "new three person fertility technique", New Scientist reveals. 
  • The baby 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. 
  • It is an entirely new method in fertilizing babies that have DNA from three people, the breakthrough that began in the late 1990s.
Three person babies
  • Mitochondria are tiny structures inside nearly every cell of the body that convert food into usable energy.
  • Some women carry genetic defects in mitochondria and they can pass these on to their children.
  • In the case of the Jordanian family, it was a disorder called Leigh Syndrome that would have proved fatal to any baby conceived. 
  • The family had already experienced the heartache of four miscarriages as well as the death of two children - one at eight months and the other at six years of age.a
Source: All India Radio - Prasa Bharti, BBC News
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