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Darwin Life Founder Dr. John Zhang lectures at the 2017 Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference about 3-parent Babies and using this technology to REJUVENATE a woman’s eggs, increasing her naturally occurring fertility, much later in life. Watch this clip to find out more!


National Post: Fertility doctor offering to blend eggs from two women to make ‘three-parent’ babies

Jun 18, 2017

For $US50,000 and up, Dr. John Zhang is offering women in their 40s a “solution” for age-related infertility — swapping chromosomes between two women’s eggs, resulting in a child with, technically speaking, three genetic parents. Some of the hopeful mothers-to-be he’s screening are in Canada.

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MIT Technology Review: The Fertility Doctor Offering to Rejuvenate Eggs for $100,000

Jun 13, 2017

U.S. fertility doctor has started a company with a provocative vision for older women: become pregnant by having their DNA shifted into a young woman’s egg. The company, Darwin Life, was quietly established last year by John Zhang, also founder of a New York City clinic called New Hope Fertility Center, to deploy a cutting-edge fertility technology called “spindle nuclear transfer.”

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Refinery 29: Three-Parent Babies Actually Exist — & This Is How They’re Conceived

May 31, 2017

Last year, John Zhang, a New York endocrinologist who specializes in fertility, generated controversy when he announced that he helped a couple in Mexico have the first baby conceived with the genetic material of three different adults.

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Ozy: The Doctor who delivered the World’s First ‘Three-Person’ Baby

May 29, 2017

When reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang introduced a new in vitro fertilization technique at a medical conference in China in 1997, the audience responded with snickers and modest applause. “[They] told me my head was in the clouds,” Zhang recalls.

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CanIndia: Technique used in world’s first three-parent baby revealed

April 03, 2017

Scientists have revealed the procedure of a pioneering IVF technique that enabled the birth of world’s first three-parent baby last year, giving hope to families with inheritable mitochondrial disorders. In the study, published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online (RBMO), the researchers describe the procedure of mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) which helped in the birth of a healthy baby boy who was a carrier of Leigh Syndrome.

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Daily Mail.com: World’s first three-parent baby was lucky not to have faulty DNA from the experimental technique, warns expert

April 03, 2017

The creation of the world’s first ‘three parent’ baby was lucky to succeed in creating a healthy child, experts warned yesterday. The doctors whose work created the unnamed baby, born in Mexico last year were ‘sailing very close to the wind’, a leading British expert has warned. But their ‘experimental’ technique had a high risk of introducing genetic flaws into the embryo, it was claimed.

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Science Daily: Technique for ‘three-parent baby’ revealed

April 03, 2017

Details of a pioneering IVF technique using mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) have been revealed, giving hope to those families with inheritable mitochondrial disorders that they may be able to have healthy children in the future. The research and editorial, published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online (RBMO), describe and comment on the procedure, which resulted in the birth of a healthy baby boy to a carrier of Leigh Syndrome, a progressive, fatal neurological disorder caused by a mutation in the mother’s mitochondrial DNA.

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Express: Doctors who created ‘three-parent’ baby lucky to succeed says UK expert

April 03, 2017

News of the birth of the baby whose Jordanian mother was treated by a US team in Mexico, made headlines around the world last year. He was conceived from an egg containing DNA from his mother and father, and tiny amount of “mitochondrial” DNA from a third person – a female donor.

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HindustanTimes: This is how the world’s first ‘three-parent baby’ was conceived through IVF

April 03, 2017

Scientists have unveiled the details of a pioneering IVF technique that led to the birth of the world’s first ‘three-parent baby’ last year, providing new hope to families with inheritable mitochondrial disorders to have healthy children in the future. The procedure using mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) resulted in the birth of a healthy baby boy to a carrier of Leigh Syndrome, a progressive, fatal neurological disorder caused by a mutation in the mother’s mitochondrial DNA.

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Independent: Doctors accuse scientists responsible for ‘three parent babies’ of experimenting on humans

April 02, 2017

Doctors have accused scientists behind controversial “three-parent babies” of experimenting on humans. Dr David Clancy from the University of Lancaster said the data is incomplete on how the technique, which replaces flawed mitochondrial DNA with healthy mitochondria from a healthy donor, works and says there is a possibility it involves experimenting on a human child that has no capacity to consent.

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Health 24: Scientists can now make babies using DNA from 3 people

March 17, 2017

Britain’s Newcastle University says its scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people, the first time such approval has been granted. This method can help couples who carry rare genetic mutations have healthy children. The process involves doctors removing the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and inserting it into a donor egg that has had its own nucleus removed.

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Independent: ‘Three-person IVF’ allows infertile couple to have baby in Ukraine

January 18, 2017

A new type of ‘three-person IVF’ has allowed a previously infertile couple to have a baby in a world first. The baby boy was born in Ukraine using a technique known as pronuclear transfer, a method experts have called “highly experimental”.

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CNN: Controversial IVF technique produces a baby girl

January 18, 2017

It was a first for the entire world: Using a controversial in vitro fertilization technique, doctors in Kiev, Ukraine, helped a previously infertile couple conceive and deliver a baby girl. Some critics say, for genetic reasons, the use of this IVF method should have been restricted to producing a baby boy.

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Gizmodo: We said hello to the world’s first genetic three-parent baby

December 19, 2016

A controversial technique known as mitochondrial nuclear transfer was used to produce a baby boy using genetic material from three distinct parents. This therapy stops serious conditions from being passed down from mother to child — in this case a fatal and debilitating genetic disorder called Leigh Syndrome, which affects the developing nervous system. The technique is not yet legal in Australia or the United States, which is why Dr John Zhang of Manhattan’s New Hope Fertility Center performed the procedure in Mexico, where “there are no rules”.

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BuzzFeed: “Three-Person Babies” Should Go Ahead, Says Panel

December 15, 2016

The first “three-person” pregnancies could go ahead as soon as next year, after a panel of experts put together by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) recommended that mitochondrial donation should be used “cautiously” to allow women with mitochondrial disease to have healthy children.

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ITV: Three-parent babies set to get the go-ahead

December 15, 2016

Fertility doctors are today expected to get the go ahead to create the UK’s first “three-parent baby” in 2017, if the Government’s fertility regulator approves treatment. The procedure, called mitochondrial replacement therapy, is given to women who are in danger of passing on debilitating and sometimes fatal genetic conditions to their children.

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New Scientist: Exclusive: Mexico clinic plans 20 ‘three-parent’ babies in 2017

December 09, 2016

Many more three-parent babies will soon be on their way. A clinic in Mexico is planning to use the technique in 20 pregnancies in the first half of 2017, according to its medical director Alejandro Chavez-Badiola. The first baby to be born using such a technique to prevent passing on genetic disease was born this year. Test results yet to be published have revealed that the baby boy is perfectly healthy, New Scientist has been exclusively told.

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The Guardian: UK experts give green light to ‘three-parent babies’

December 01, 2016

British scientists on Wednesday approved the use of so-called “three-parent baby” fertility treatments, paving the way for the country to become the first in the world to officially introduce the procedures. An independent panel of experts tasked with reviewing the safety of mitochondrial gene therapy said the practice should be “cautiously adopted” to prevent certain genetic diseases from being passed on to future generations.

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BioNews: ‘Three-person babies’ grow up into healthy teenagers

October 31, 2016

Seventeen children conceived through ooplasmic transplantation have all matured with regular health and cognitive abilities, according to a study. The experimental IVF technique was conducted as part of a previous study led by embryologist Dr Jacques Cohen between 1996-2001 at the Saint Barnabas Medical Centre in Livingston, New Jersey.

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Nature: Reports of ‘three-parent babies’ multiply

October 19, 2016

Replacing faulty DNA in a mother’s egg is intended to prevent her offspring from inheriting some types of disease.
A baby boy conceived using a controversial technique that mixes DNA from three people seems to be healthy, according to a hotly anticipated talk by the leader of the team that created the child.

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Deseret News: Controversy swirls around first three-parent baby

October 19, 2016

The doctor who shepherded the first so-called “three-parent baby” into the world, Dr. John Zhang of New Hope Fertility Clinic, offered new details about the case at the annual American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, adding to the first report by New Scientist in September.

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Fox News: Doctor calls world’s first three-parent IVF baby birth ‘revolutionary’

October 18, 2016

A New York fertility specialist, who said he successfully carried out a “three-parent” in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in a baby boy, called the procedure a “revolutionary approach in human reproduction.” John Zhang, medical director of New Hope Fertility Center in New York, spearheaded the technique roughly five months ago with a Jordanian couple at a clinic in Mexico. The procedure, which the U.S. government has forbidden due to perceived risks to the mother and child, is designed to help families with mitochondrial diseases passed down maternally.

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Philly.com: World’s first three-parent IVF baby birth ‘revolutionary’: doctor

October 17, 2016

A New York fertility specialist, who said he successfully carried out a “three-parent” in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in a baby boy, called the procedure a “revolutionary approach in human reproduction.” John Zhang, medical director of New Hope Fertility Center in New York, spearheaded the technique roughly five months ago with a Jordanian couple at a clinic in Mexico.

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Daily Mail.com: I am bringing a gift’: Surgeon behind controversial three-parent baby defends his work as ‘revolutionary’

October 17, 2016

In a few days, we will hear all the details behind the groundbreaking procedure that created the world’s first ‘three-parent’ baby. The boy, born in Mexico in April, has DNA from his mother and father, as well as a tiny segment from a donor to avoid inheriting a life-threatening disease. Now, as fertility experts gather in Utah for a conference, lead surgeon Dr John Zhang, medical director of New Hope Fertility Center in New York.

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New Scientist: ‘3-parent baby’ success

October 03, 2016

A healthy boy is the first to be born using a new technique that uses DNA from three people, reports Jessica Hamzelou. IT’S a boy! A 5-month-old baby is the first to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people. “This is great news and a huge deal,” says Dusko Ilic at King’s College London, who wasn’t involved in the work. “It’s revolutionary.”

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CBS News: It’s a boy! First baby born with DNA from 3 parents

September 28, 2016

In what experts are calling a “revolutionary” medical event, the first baby with DNA from three parents has been born. The little boy, now nearly six months old, was conceived using a controversial technique meant to help people who carry genes for fatal rare diseases.

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Jezebel: The Doctor Who Oversaw the Creation of 3-Parent Baby Explains the IVF ‘Breakthrough’

September 28, 2016

Dr. John Zhang of Manhattan’s New Hope Fertility Center has long performed miracles for fertility-challenged couples. In a typical year, his futuristic-looking clinic (its sleek all white-interior looks like something out of a 2001: A Space Odyssey-themed spa) oversees hundreds of births. Zhang is responsible for creating the world’s first three-parent infant.

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Fox News: First-ever baby born with DNA from 3 people

September 28, 2016

A controversial technique that uses DNA from three parents has resulted in the first-ever birth of a child, a team of American scientists in Mexico confirmed Tuesday. The technology allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies and, while not approved in the United States, is legal in the United Kingdom.

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CNN: It’s a (controversial 3-parent baby technique) boy!

September 28, 2016

A healthy baby boy was born on April 6 in Mexico that has some in the medical community rejoicing and others concerned. The divide is due to the method of conception: a three-parent technique called “spindle nuclear transfer,” the details of which were published Tuesday in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

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The Scientist: First MRT Baby Born

September 28, 2016

“This is huge,” Richard Paulson, president-elect of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, told The New York Times after the birth of the boy was first reported by New Scientist on Tuesday (September 27). The mitochondrial replacement therapy was performed by US-based scientists in a clinic in Mexico. The procedure is currently banned in the U.S., despite an ethical seal of approval from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine earlier this year.

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The Washington Post: A U.S. doctor went to Mexico to help a Jordanian couple conceive a baby with 3 genetic parents. What’s next?

September 28, 2016

Thanks to a new in vitro fertilization process, a baby has been born with genetic information from three adults. In what some fertility scientists are hailing as a breakthrough, a boy with donated mitochondrial DNA is healthy at 5-months-old, according to a New Scientist report.

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Fusion: Calm down. We’re not about to start making designer babies.

September 27, 2016

No, this isn’t some bizarre love triangle situation. The now five-month-old boy has DNA from his mother and father, plus a teeny bit from a donor. The baby’s mother carried the genes for a fatal nervous system disorder called Leigh syndrome, but scientists were able to keep the disease from being passed on to her son by swapping in a donor’s mitochondrial DNA, the tiny bit of DNA where this particular disease is housed.

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New York: World’s First 3-Parent Baby Is a Healthy Boy

September 27, 2016

A Jordanian couple welcomed their son on April 6 after some genetic splicing in Mexico meant to ensure the baby wouldn’t inherit a fatal condition that the mother carries. He’s the world’s first so-called three-parent baby using a new IVF technique.

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New Scientist: Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique

September 27, 2016

A baby boy has been born using DNA from three people – the first ever birth resulting from a new technique that helps people with rare genetic diseases have healthy children. The achievement is being hailed as a milestone in fertility medicine, up there with the first IVF baby.

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Discover: Meet the World’s First Baby Born Using a New ‘Three-Parent’ Method

September 27, 2016

The world’s first baby born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people is happy, healthy and making history. The child, now a five-month-old boy, has the typical packages of DNA from his mom and dad, but he also has a tiny bit — 0.001 percent — of additional donor DNA acquired through a new in-vitro fertilization technique, called three-person IVF.

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Los Angeles Times: Baby boy with DNA from 3 people offers hope for moms who would pass on deadly genetic diseases

September 27, 2016

A healthy baby boy is the first person to be born with DNA from three people, according to a medical report released Tuesday. In addition to inheriting nuclear DNA from his mother and father, the infant also has mitochondrial DNA from a second woman who served as an egg donor.

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BBC: First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

September 27, 2016

The world’s first baby has been born using a new “three person” fertility technique, New Scientist reveals. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of genetic code from a donor.

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CBC: Genetically modified baby born with DNA from 2 women

September 27, 2016

A baby boy has been born using a “three parent” technique that combines DNA from three individuals, researchers report. The now-five-month-old was born to Jordanian parents, carried by a 36-year-old mother who had four pregnancy losses and two deceased children who had Leigh syndrome. report.

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Independent: World’s first baby born with controversial new ‘three-parent’ technique

September 27, 2016

The world’s first child created using a controversial “three-parent” baby technique has been born in Mexico, it has been announced. Limited details about the birth were revealed ahead of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s scientific congress.

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Chicago Tribune: First baby with DNA from 3 people born

September 27, 2016

Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people — the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from his mother, who had previously lost two children to the illness.

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Sky News: World’s first baby born using DNA from three parents

September 27, 2016

Fertility doctors say the world’s first baby has been born using DNA from three parents in a technique hailed as “revolutionary”. The controversial “three-parent” technique allows people with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies. The baby called Abrahim, whose mother and father are Jordanian, was born in Mexico.

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The Guardian: World’s first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people

September 27, 2016

The world’s first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment.

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The Telegraph: World’s first baby born of three-parent baby technique

September 28, 2016

Scientists revealed the birth of a baby boy, now five months old, using DNA from three parents.
Fertility experts hailed the breakthrough as “great news and a huge deal” for the future of reproduction.

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