First Child Born with 3 Parents
For the first time in human history, a child has been born that has three biological parents. The child in question was born in New York and was the result of a revolutionary new procedure that was performed in Mexico. The procedure was performed in Mexico because it has not yet been approved for use in the United States.
While this may sound like the plot from a science fiction movie that is about creating a superior child, the reality is that the procedure was performed because the child's two parents had suffered through numerous miscarriages. It turns out that the mother carried genes for Leigh Syndrome, a fatal genetic condition that generally strikes shortly after a child is born. In some cases the syndrome can also affect the child before birth resulting in a miscarriage.
Despite the tragedies they had suffered, the couple in question still desperately wanted a child. That's when they decided to take part in this controversial new procedure. The procedure involved splicing the DNA from a donor egg with that of the mother's egg. The egg was then fertilized by the father's sperm, resulting in a viable child that had genetic material from three parents.
Following the procedure, Doctor Zhang (on the photo with the baby) from the New Hope Facility Center claims that the child resulting from this procedure would have a very low chance of developing Leigh Syndrome. This is because his mitochondria possess less than one percent of the disease in them, making the development of the disease very unlikely.
While some may question the ethics involved in such a procedure, the bottom line is that this wasn't an attempt at creating a genetically superior human being. Instead, it was an attempt to allow a loving couple to experience the joy of becoming parents while limiting the risk that they would lose yet another child. While adoption was an option that many people would argue for, the reality is that we all share a strong biological drive to reproduce and have a child that is related to us. Because of this, the fact that there is new hope for parents who have suffered the same kinds of tragedy as this couple is reason for celebration. The potential for this new procedure is enormous, and in the future many other parents may opt to undergo this unique way of becoming parents so that their children will have a better chance at a long and healthy life.