Five ‘designer babies’ created for stem cells

May 6, 2004 | Source: News

Five healthy babies have been born to provide stem cells for transplantation to siblings with serious non-heritable conditions.

This is the first time “savior siblings” have been created to treat children whose condition is not genetic, says the medical team, using a controversial technique called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to test embryos for a tissue type match to the ailing siblings to improve the chance of a match.