‘Three-parent’ baby born in Ukraine using new technique


AFP – January 18, 2017

Kiev (AFP) – A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday.

The boy was conceived using DNA from his mother and father but also from an egg donor in a technique called pronuclear transfer, said Valeriy Zukin, director of the Nadiya private fertility clinic in Kiev.

“It is the first delivery (using) pronuclear transfer all over the world,” Zukin told AFP.

The clinic said in a statement that the 34-year-old mother gave birth to a healthy boy on January 5 after trying for a baby for more than 15 years and undergoing several failed rounds of IVF

This became possible after the woman’s eggs were fertilised with her partner’s sperm, but then their nuclei were transferred to a donor’s egg which had previously been stripped of its own nucleus.

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