Three-person baby born following controversial treatment in Greece

A baby created using DNA from two women and a man has been born in Greece

The 32-year-old woman had experienced infertility over several years and four IVF treatment cycles.

The technique, called mitochondrial donation, was performed in Greece by a team of fertility experts from Greece and Spain and the trial was lead by Dr Nuno Costa-Borges, from Embryotools.

First time the procedure has been used to combat infertility

The technique is generally used to bypass devastating mitochondrial diseases that can be passed down from mother to baby, but it has been revealed that the woman did not carry the harmful gene and so making it a controversial procedure.

The first child born to this procedure was born in Jordan in 2016. The couple had been trying to conceive for 20 years.

The baby was conceived from an egg containing nuclear DNA from his mother and father, and mitochondrial DNA from a “second” mother – an unknown female donor.

In 2017 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority(HFEA) approved the first three-person licence in the UK to Newcastle Fertility Centre for women who are a mitochondrial carrier.

The licence was issued to the Newcastle Fertility Centre and parents who require the treatment can apply to the clinic for the procedure.

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