Monday saw the release of new details on the case of the baby with three parents. These were released in a study paper published in the Reproductive BioMedicine Online on April 03rd.
The Baby With Three Parents Was Conceived Through A Very Controversial Method
April 2016 saw the birth of the first baby to naturally have three parents, two of which come from Jordan. The child was conceived based on a risky and controversial three-parent technique. This basically involves the removal of the mother’s egg which is then replaced with a donor’s egg which takes place before fertilization or implantation. The technique is called the “spindle nuclear transfer”.
Now, a year after the baby with three parents was delivered, a new study goes to offer new details and data on the case. For example, it reveals that the mother is a carrier of the Leigh syndrome. This is a rare neurological disease that can lead to neurological deterioration as it affects the central nervous system.
Leigh syndrome is carried by the small or mitochondrial cells and does not necessarily affect the carrier. The family involved in the case had already lost children because of the disease. As such, they decided to try a new method and requested the “spindle nuclear transfer”.
According to the study, at 7 months old, the resulting baby was healthy and doing just fine. He was born with only about 2 to 9 of his mother’s mitochondrial DNA. As such, the researchers hope that he will not develop Leigh as such genes account for less than 10 percent.
Nonetheless, the team will continue to monitor the baby’s progress through long-term follow-ups. After the age of 3, these would be reduced to just once a year, at least if he continues to be asymptomatic.
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