Controversial fertility treatment

A team of Greek and Spanish doctors announced the birth of a baby using DNA; from three people after a controversial fertility treatment that has provoked intense ethical debate. The team used an egg from the infertile mother; the father’s sperm and another woman’s egg to conceive the baby boy; transferring genetic material with chromosomes from the mother to the egg of a donor whose own genetic material had removed in a process its creators hailed as a medical “revolution”.
A similar DNA-switching technique was used in Mexico in 2016 to avoid transmission of a mother’s hereditary illness; to her child. But the case in Greece is the first time an IVF (in vitro fertilization) technique using DNA; from three people has deployed to allow a mother otherwise unable to conceive to have a child. The baby, born Thursday and weighing in at 2.96 kilos (6.5 pounds); by a 32-year-old Greek woman who had undergone several unsuccessful attempts; at in vitro fertilization, Greece’s Institute of Life said in a statement.

The genetic material

“Today, for the first time in the world, a woman’s inalienable right to become a mother with her own genetic material became a reality. “As Greek scientists, they are very proud to announce an international innovation in assisted reproduction; they are now in a position to make it possible for women with multiple IVF failures or rare mitochondrial genetic diseases to have a healthy child.”

The researcher commitment is to continue to help even more couples facing fertility issues to have children with their own DNA; without having recourse to egg donors.” His scientific collaborator of the Institute of Life, Dr. Nuno Costa-Borges, also hailed the news. But “the completely successful and safe implementation of the Maternal Spindle Transfer method for the first time in medical history is a revolution in assisted reproduction.

The developing nervous system

This exceptional result will help countless women to realize their dream of becoming mothers with their own genetic material. In the Mexican case, the mother had suffered from Leigh syndrome; a rare illness which affects the developing nervous system and can fatal. In her case, the disorder had previously caused the deaths of two of her children. Using the triple DNA technique to aid in infertility cases raises complex ethical issues.
Therefore they concerned that there’s no proven need for the patient to have her genetic material removed from her eggs and transferred into the eggs of a donor. “The risks of the technique aren’t entirely known, though may acceptable if being used to treat mitochondrial disease, but not in this situation,” said Child.