UK officials have approved two women for mitochondrial replacement therapy, the fertilization procedure that results in a baby technically parented by three people, the Guardian reports. The procedure, which still isn’t approved in the US, was legalized in the UK in 2015 and the Newcastle Fertility Centre, where the two women will be treated, was granted a license to perform the procedure last March. While it’s not the first time a procedure like this has been done, it is the first time it will happen in the UK.
Scientists have uncovered the first evidence that the human ovary may be able to grow new eggs in adulthood.
About one out of five couples who come to HRC Fertility, a network of fertility clinics in Southern California, doesn’t need help getting pregnant.
Instead, they come for what is called family balancing, or nonmedical sex selection.