In an attempt to overcome women’s infertility, doctors in Greece and Spain have been able to produce a baby boy (2.9kg), from three people on Tuesday.
The mother and child are said to be in good health.
Doctors are saying that this will be written in medical history books which could assist infertile couples worldwide.
This procedure has received both praises and criticisms from experts, as most raise ethical questions stating that the procedure should not have taken place.
The experimental form of IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father and an egg from a donor woman.
It was developed in order to assist families affected by lethal mitochondrial diseases which are passed down from mother to baby.
Mitochondria are tiny compartments inside nearly every cell of the body that convert food into useable energy.
Combining the mother’s DNA with the donor’s mitochondria help prevent disease, especially defecting mitochondrial diseases.
The procedure has only been attempted once, by a family from Jordan, and these actions provoked controversy, however brought praises as fertility doctors believe that technology may increase the odds of IVF too.
The procedure was performed on a 32-year old woman in Greece who had endured four unsuccessful cycles of IVF
She is now a mother, but her son has a small amount IVF his genetic make-up from the donor woman as mitochondria have their own DNA.
“A woman’s inalienable right to become a mother with her own genetic material became a reality.
“We are very proud to announce an international innovation in assisted reproduction, and we are now in a position to make it possible for women with multiple IVF failures or rare mitochondrial genetic diseases to have a healthy child,” said president of the institute of life in Athens, dr. Panagiotis Psathas.
The Greek team were working with the Spanish centre Embryotools, which has announced that there are 24 other women who will be participating in the trial and that eight embryos are ready to be implanted.