Baby with genetic material from three parents born

In Greece, researchers have fathered a child with the genetic material of three people to help a barren woman’s own offspring. The Baby, a Boy, came Tuesday morning, with a weight of 2960 grams of to the world, informed the Greek treatment centre, Institute of Life (IVF). He was in good health.

In the case of the mother it is thus a 32-year-old Greek woman, in the case of multiple artificial inseminations were previously failed. The used method had been applied in 2016, already successful in Mexico. At that time however, the goal is to prevent that the mother is a genetic disease to the child, the harm to the nervous system. The woman had the disease transmitted previously to two other children, one of whom lived only eight months and the other just six years.

The present case is the first to be helped when the doctors an otherwise infertile Couple using the method of young. To witness the child, organised by the Greek-Spanish team of Doctors in the ovum of a donor, there are problems with the egg cell of the mother had previously prevented the pregnancies. Then they took the donated egg cell the nucleus of the cell, in which a majority of the DNA, and replaced it with the nucleus from an egg cell of the mother.

99 percent of mother and father, a percent of egg donor

The resulting, folded puzzled egg is fertilized by the physician with the sperm of the father. Then they put the Embryo in the uterus of the 32-Year-old, this Time the pregnancy was successful. Through the process, the child carries the genetic material of three people:

  • A majority, more than 99 percent, comes from mother and father and put in the cell nucleus.
  • In addition, a small part of the genome, less than one percent, outside the nucleus in the mitochondria is included. This genetic material comes in the child of the egg donor.

“Greek scientists, we are very proud to announce an Innovation in artificial insemination,” says Panagiotis Psathas, head of the Institute of Life. Now women, in which several In vitro fertilisation procedures have failed, had the opportunity to get a child of their own.

Treatment for infertile women to expand, but raises ethical questions. For example, the medical Director of the University of Oxford, Tim Child said, “worried”. “The risks of this technique are not fully known,” he said. The procedure was, in his view, “acceptable”, if it come at women with certain hereditary diseases. “But not in this situation,” he added, with a view to the Greek patient.