Baby Born Using Controversial IVF Technique

A previously infertile couple have become parents.

January 19 2017

The director of Kiev’s Nadiya clinic told The Times the technique could in future be used to help older women give birth using their own eggs, the BBC reports.

Dr Jane Stewart, Secretary of the British Fertility Society (BFS) and Consultant in Reproductive Medicine, said:

“This case in the Ukraine is unrelated to the work undertaken in the UK for the treatment for couples with mitochondrial disease. There is little or no evidence to support the use of mitochondrial transfer to improve egg or embryo quality or reverse egg ageing.  There is certainly not enough research evidence available to justify its use in the clinical setting for improving IVF outcomes.”

In response, other experts questioning the treatment, Dr Valery Zukin, who led the work, said: "They are partly right. But how we could confirm the safety if we will not do this?"