More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor.
Now researchers have checked up on how the babies are doing as teenagers. The preliminary verdict: The kids are all right.
That includes Emma Foster, 17, of Red Bank, New Jersey… A cheerleader since age 10, she is now looking at colleges and thinking of majoring in engineering.
Emma is the only child in the survey to have been told about the procedure. She said she has long known her origins were unusual….
The infertility procedure is no longer performed. But the study of the children is timely because just last month, the first baby was born from a different procedure that also mixed genetic material from three people. That technique is aimed not at infertility but at preventing the child from inheriting harmful genes from the mother. Critics are concerned about its long-term safety.
Dr. James Grifo, director of infertility treatment at New York University, said the results suggest that criticism of research that mixes DNA from three people appears unfounded.
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