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First baby with DNA from three people born in the UK

DNA altering process sees nucleus of mother’s egg placed in donor

Liam James
Wednesday 10 May 2023 07:30 BST
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The first UK baby created with DNA from three people has been born through the use of a pioneering IVF procedure, reports say.

The child developed through a process known as mitochondrial donation treatment (MDT) which involves taking the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs – containing her DNA – and implanting it into a donor egg that had its nucleus removed but retained the donor’s healthy mitochondrial DNA.

It is a means of creating IVF embryos that are free from harmful mutations their mothers carry and are likely to pass on to their children.

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