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Trump admin demands end to harmful experiments making babies with 3 parents

The Food and Drug Administration warned a fertility doctor to stop marketing an unapproved IVF technology that creates a human embryo using the DNA of three people.

In a strongly worded August 4 letter, the FDA reminded New York-based Dr. John Zhang that it had declined his request to run clinical trials on the experimental technique mitochondrial replacement technology, or MRT.

Since December 2015, Congress has prohibited the FDA from reviewing applications on clinical tests involving genetically modified human embryos "until safety and ethical issues can be resolved," reports Bloomberg BNA.

"Also, researchers don’t know what impact the procedure will have on the babies it produces," it notes.

MRT aims to prevent diseases passed through mitochondrial DNA by transferring the mother's nuclear DNA to a donor egg in which the nucleus has been removed but the mitochondria remains.

Zhang, who runs New Hope Fertility Clinic and associated company Darwin Life, has previously been in the news for claiming to engineer the "first live birth" using the MRT technique he says he pioneered.

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