How can a baby have three parents? Lasers, software, and a joystick

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After spending several years interviewing scientists and holding public forums to debate ethics and air concerns, the U.K.’s lower house of Parliament this week voted to allow babies to be born with three genetic parents.

While some call it a perversion, the procedure has nothing at all to do with kinky sex. Rather, it’s a highly advanced single-cell micro-surgery, replete with cutting-edge lasers and imaging software and, yes, even a joystick, whereby a small number of skilled geneticists is able to remove the nucleus of a donor woman’s egg (the part that plays host to some 25,000 genes) from its surrounding cytoplasm (in which reside 37 genes) and insert the intended mother’s nucleus in its place.

“It is a highly technological procedure that we couldn’t do 10 years ago,” Shoukhrat Mitalipov, the geneticist who pioneered the technique, told me from his office at Oregon Health and Sciences University…

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