20 Three-Parent Baby Mind-blowing Facts You Need to Know

Posted by , Updated on April 25, 2019

Our latest list: 20 Three-Parent Baby Mind-blowing Facts You Need to Know. What would you think if we told you that two women and one man agree to give birth to a baby? Don’t get too excited guys. It may sound too good to be true to some of you, but it’s not as fun as you may think.

A three-parent baby refers to the human offspring that will be produced from the genetic material of one man and two women. Through an assisted reproductive technology, that is. The reproductive technologies used by scientists to produce three-parent babies, help women to overcome infertility.

The good news is that the first 3-parent-baby born in a clinical trial to treat infertility is already a reality. Intrigued? We are so without further ado, here follow 25 Three-Parent Baby Mindblowing Facts You Need to Know.


Greece hosted the clinical trial


Ancient Greece was really famous for its incredible technology and sophisticated science. It’s the place where Western medicine was born after all. Greece grabbed the headlines again recently for its contemporary medical advances. 


Spain contributed in the medical achievement


The Greek doctors shouldn’t take all the glory though. Fertility doctors from the Spainish clinic “Embryotools,” helped their colleagues in Greece to accomplish this small medical “miracle.” 


Is it a boy or a girl?


The first 3-parent baby in the world is a healthy boy. Think about it: this boy is the first human in history carrying DNA from three different people. Amazing and crazy at the same time! 


Baby's weight is perfectly normal


The baby boy was born weighing 6lbs (2.9kg). Both the baby and the mother are in very good health according to their doctors. 


Mother's Identity


The mother of the boy is a 32-year-old Greek woman. Her name is Matina Karavokyri. 


This was her fifth attempt


Mrs. Karavokyri had gone through four unsuccessful cycles of IVF ((in vitro fertilization treatment) already. The fifth was successful. We suspect that number five will be her new lucky number. 



She suffered from Endometriosis


The mother of the newborn had also undergone two operations because of endometriosis. The pain endometriosis causes to women is often described as one of the very worst pains a human can endure


No fear or stress


Fear is only natural when you take a risk. However, that wasn’t the case for Mrs. Karavokyri. She didn’t feel any stress when she took this life-changing decision. She also stated in the interview that she’s now the happiest woman on earth. 


The baby looks like his daddy


During the interview, Mrs. Karavokyri added that the baby looks exactly like his daddy. Both parents said that they feel like they received the greatest gift in life. 


Medical history in the making


The doctors of the procedure are also very happy with the outcome. They announced that they made medical history, which could help many infertile couples from around the world.


How exactly it helps infertile couples though?


This new reproductive technology is developed to help families affected by deadly mitochondrial diseases. These diseases are passed down from the mother to her baby.


Ethical dilemmas are popping up


The use of triple DNA has raised ethical issues in the scientific world. Tim Child, an Oxford University professor, said in an interview, “I’m concerned that there’s no proven need for the patient to have her genetic material removed from her eggs and transferred into the eggs of a donor.” 


The risks of this technique aren't really known


According to Dr. Child, the exact risks of this technology aren’t really known yet. He stated, “The risks of the technique aren’t entirely known, though may be considered acceptable if being used to treat mitochondrial disease, but not in this situation.” 


This procedure's banned in the US


Dr. Child’s worries seem to concern the majority of American doctors as well. This probably explains why this procedure’s still banned in the US. 


But it's allowed in the UK


The decision to proceed with the treatment has been criticized mostly by UK experts. Ironically, Britain was the first nation to legalize the experimental IVF treatment back in 2015. 




Once upon a time in Mexico


A quite similar DNA-switching technique was used in Mexico in 2016. A team of American doctors treated a woman from Jordan, in order to avoid transmission of a hereditary illness to her child. 


The medical trial will continue


Greek embryologist Panagiotis Psathas, who led the team that pioneered this revolutionary operation, said that the clinical trial for the experimental IVF treatment will continue.

He won’t allow any negative criticism to discourage him and his team from making so many couples – who can’t have kids – happy. 


Targeting a specific group

Dr. Psathas reassured everyone that he and his team will be very strict with their criteria. There will be very explicit requirements for a woman to undergo the treatment.
More specifically, the trial will aim to recruit 25 women under the age of forty, who have been diagnosed with infertility due to poor egg quality and have had at least two unsuccessful IVF attempts.



Will the baby have three parents really?

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The scientists involved insist that the whole “three-parent baby” is more of a media stunt, than a future reality. During the IVF treatment, doctors take the nucleus of the infertile woman’s egg, which keeps the majority of her genetic material.

They transfer it then into the donor egg after they have removed its own nucleus first. There, the infertile woman’s nucleus will be encircled by healthy mitochondria.

As a result of this procedure, the baby will have the DNA of his mother and father, but also a very small number of genes from the donor. 

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