The boy was conceived with the help of a procedure known as the Maternal Spindle Transfer (MST), a method in which malicious mitochondria in the mother’s egg is removed and replaced by those of the female donor.
Doctors claim that they have made medical history after a healthy boy was born by a controversial IVF technique that uses genetic information from three parents. Both the baby, who was born on Tuesday, and his unnamed 32-year-old mother, reported to be in good health, according to the Spanish and Greek doctors who oversaw the care.
The boy was conceived with the help of a procedure known as the Maternal Spindle Transfer (MST). MST is a form of in vitro fertilization in which harmful mitochondria in the mother’s egg is removed and replaced by those of the female donor. The procedure still allows for the preservation of the genetic material of the woman with the desire to reproduce, eventually causing 99 percent of the DNA of the parents raising the child.
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“The donor will only mitochondrial DNA, which only codes 37 genes, and represents less than 1 percent of the human DNA,” Dr. Nuno Costa-Bo, we offer said in a previous statement.
Of the birth, carried out by the Institute of Living in Greece, marks the first time in the world of the procedure ended successfully.
“The completely successful and safe execution of the Maternal Spindle Transfer method for the first time in medical history – is a revolution in assisted reproduction,” Costa-Borges said in a statement.
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The mother resorted to the new method, after the entire four cycles of IVF and two other procedures. She is one of the 25 women who participated in the Institute MST-test.
Although successful and legally approved in the united kingdom and Greece, the procedure, ethical concerns among some medical professionals.
“I am concerned that there is no proven need for the patient to have her genetic material is removed,” Tim Child, a professor at Oxford and medical director at Fertility nership, told the BBC, adding: “the patient may have taken, even if a standard IVF cycle is used.”
Others lay the emphasis on the technique should only be used on a case-by-case basis.
“There is limited evidence about the risks and returns, and should only be used with caution in cases where the alternative treatments would be of little or no importance”, a spokesman for the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority said in a statement about the birth.
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The MST treatment remains illegal in the united states, where about a third of the adults have or know someone who is involved in an IVF procedures.