This procedure is not legal in the United States. (Photo: FreeProd/Alamy Stock Photo)
It’s a pretty well-known fact that it takes two people to make a baby. But a 5-month-old is blowing the lid off that concept: He has three biological parents.
Scientists made the announcement after using DNA from three people to create a healthy baby, named Abrahim, in Mexico. According to The Telegraph, the baby was born to a couple from Jordan who has been trying to have children for nearly 20 years.
The couple decided to have a three-parent baby for a serious medical reasons: The baby’s mom carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that impacts the developing nervous system and caused the death of their first two children.
The baby was conceived using an egg with nuclear DNA (DNA from inside the nucleus of a cell) from his mother and father, and mitochondrial DNA (which provides energy for cells) from an anonymous female donor.