Doctors say the infant is showing no signs of the rare and devastating disease that killed his two siblings early in life
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A controversial fertility procedure known as “Spindle Nuclear Transfer” is offering hope to childless couples burdened by genetically inherited diseases.
According to Dr. John Zhang, a reproductive endocrinologist at New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, a healthy boy was born to a mother carrying the inherited gene for the rare neurological disorder known as Leigh Syndrome. Children born with this condition seldom live more than 7 years.
Zhang said the procedure uses nuclear DNA from the mother, which is transferred to a donor egg minus its nuclear material. The donor egg is then fertilized by the father’s sperm, resulting in a child that shares DNA with three persons–two mothers and a father.
The procedure was done in Mexico because “Spindle Nuclear Transfer” is not yet legal in the United States.
If the child born on 06 April 2016 stays healthy and shows no sign of the fatal neurological disorder, then the controversial fertility treatment may be used more extensively than now.
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