The 3-Parent Technique
On April 6th, a healthy baby boy was born in Mexico. What makes this unique is that this child was born from the genes of three parents. A handful of genes, taken from a donor woman, were added to the mother’s egg and then fertilized with the father’s sperm. This reproductive technique was used to prevent Leigh Syndrome, a neurological condition that affects only about 1 infant out of every 40,000. The procedure was done in Mexico due to the fact that it had not been approved by the FDA in America, which led to controversy in the medical community. Moving a procedure to a country with loose regulations can undermine scientific development under controlled circumstances and add risk to the patient.
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