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A 13-year-old girl recently learned that she has three biological parents according to her DNA. According to a report, Alana Saarinen was born via IVF. In the process, her parents used their own egg and sperm but they included the mitochondria of another woman to help avoid future healthy problems for their daughter. This is something that some doctors suggested IVF patients do back in the 90's.

The technique has been used by hundreds of doctors around the world, and almost all have reported healthy babies. The FDA has halted the practice here in the United States, but Saarinen was born this way -- technically giving her two biological mothers. While she doesn't know her second mother, her birth mother says that she's very healthy and it sounds like adding the other mitochondria really worked out for them.

The UK has been practicing the use of a second mitochondria and many believe this will become standard practice in the region.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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