Saturday, April 13, 2019
Medical history has been made with the successful delivery of a healthy baby boy in Greece through a controversial IVF techniques that involves three parents instead of the traditional two. He was conceived through Maternal Spindle Transfer (MST), a process in which harmful mitochondria found in the mother’s egg is removed and replaced by the female donor’s.
“The donor will only provide mitochondrial DNA, which only codes 37 genes and represents less than 1 percent of human DNA,” Dr. Nuno Costa-Bo said in an earlier statement. The female that carries the child will provide the majority of the DNA material to the baby. The mother resorted to the new method after failing to complete four cycles of IVF and an additional two other procedures.
Not everyone in the medical field is a fan of the new procedure. “There is limited evidence on risks and success rates, and it should only be used cautiously in cases where alternative treatments would be of little or no benefit,” a spokesperson for the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority said in a statement about the birth. The MST procedure is currently banned in the United States, though about one in three adults know a person that has engaged in IVF procedures.
See Kaylie Piecuch, Baby Born Using Controversial 3-Parent IVF Technique in Medical First, Doctors Report, Fox News, April 12, 2019.