A New Kind of Human

THE WORLD/SCIENCE (Naked Departure) —  The first baby born from a technique combining the genetic material of three different people has survived his first five months.

The infant was born of a “revolutionary” procedure aimed at avoiding genes related to a nervous system disease carried in his mother’s DNA, and was first reported in the New Scientist.

His mother, a 36-year-old from Jordan, told the magazine that she is a carrier for Leigh syndrome and lost her first two children to the disease, which destroys a newborn’s movement abilities and typically results in death within three years.

The disease transfers through DNA on the energy-creating mitochondria of a mother’s egg cell, so the “three-parent” birth method combines part of the mother’s egg with mitochondria of a donor.  (Source: NYDailyNews)

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