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Three-person IVF baby born in Ukraine

Three-person IVF baby born in UkraineFirst baby has been born in Ukraine with DNA from three parents, BBC reports.

Previously infertile couple in Ukraine welcomed a child on 5 January, using a new type of "three-person IVF".

The Kyiv team fertilised the mother's egg with her partner's sperm.

They then transferred the combined genes into an egg taken from a donor.

The child has the genetic identity of the parents, alongside a tiny amount of DNA from the second woman.

Doctors developed three-person IVF to help women who are at risk of passing on serious genetic disorders, called mitochondrial disease, to have a healthy child.

Eggs from a mother with unhealthy mitochondria and a donor with healthy mitochondria are collected.

The Nadiya clinic in Kyiv used the technique to treat an infertile couple, not a couple carrying a mitochondrial disease.

UK experts said this was "highly experimental".

Valery Zukin, who led the work, said they had a hunch it would work for the Ukrainian couple who had not been able to conceive with conventional IVF.

He said he had a second patient - in a similar situation - who is expected to give birth in early March.

It is not the first baby born using "three-parent" method. Another child was created using a slightly different method in Mexico last year.
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