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This Controversial Doctor Wants to Use ‘Three-Parent’ Embryos to Treat Infertility

Last autumn, John Zhang made headlines after his fertility clinic announced that for the first time a baby had been born using a new technique requiring three genetic parents. The baby’s mother carried the genes for a fatal nervous system disorder called Leigh syndrome, but Zhang had been able to keep the disease from being inherited by her son by swapping in a donor’s mitochondrial DNA, the teeny bit of DNA where Leigh syndrome is housed. Since the technique is illegal in the US, the baby had been born in Mexico, where, as Zhang explained in a comment he might live to regret, “there are no rules.” Read More >>

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Newcastle Fertility Clinic Has Just Been Granted Permission to Make ‘Three-Parent’ Babies

A fertility clinic in Newcastle was just granted permission to start performing what’s known as the ‘three-parent baby’ technique, a controversial in vitro fertilisation procedure that prevents genetic diseases from being passed on to children by giving them three genetic ‘parents’. Read More >>

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The Crazy Plan to Restore a Woman’s Fertility – and Defy the Limits of Nature

Over the course of seven years, Sezenia Tzeni endured seven rounds of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Typically, women undergo only three or four such treatments before either getting pregnant or giving up. But for Tzeni and her husband, conceiving a child was more important than almost anything else. Read More >>

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Failure to Bone Is Now a Disability, According to the World Health Organization

According to the Telegraph, the World Health Organization will change its definition of disabilities to classify people without a sexual partner as “infertile.” Read More >>

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These are the First Puppies Ever Produced By IVF

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) for humans has been around since the late 1970s, but the same can’t be said for our canine companions. But now, after decades of research, scientists have finally produced the first live, healthy puppies from frozen embryos. Read More >>

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Would You Customise Your First Born Child?

The recent announcement by a British medical ethics board in favour of an experimental three-parent IVF treatment—wherein the genetic material from three donors, not the usual two, is used to create a foetus—has once again stirred the pot of reproductive controversy. So where exactly is the line between prenatal treatments and eugenic experiments? Read More >>

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Women Might Replenish Their Eggs Like Men Do Sperm

Until about 2004, most scientists believed that women were born will all the reproductive eggs they would have for the rest of their lives. Then a scientist named Jonathan Tilly published research that claimed women might actually replenish their supply of eggs throughout their lives. Read More >>