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To Conceive the World’s First Three-Parent Baby Using a Controversial New Technique, Scientists Went to Mexico Where “There Are No Rules”

September 28, 2016

(Quartz) – An American scientist, two Jordanian parents, and an anonymous donor walked into a hospital in Mexico. That’s not the premise of a joke; those are the characters and the setting for a striking innovation in in-vitro fertilization techniques. The doctor helped the couple and their donor conceive a child in Mexico using a technique that is illegal in the US and remains heavily debated in the UK, according an exclusive report in the New Scientist. The Jordanian parents, Ibtisam Shaban and Mahmoud Hassan, previously had two children but they both died young from an illness called Leigh Syndrome.

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