Abrahim Hassan is the name of the baby. His Jordanian parents were treated by a U.S. team based in Mexico using a controversial technique that allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies, the New Scientist reports.
His mother carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Although being completely healthy, she has had two babies that died because of the disorder. So she sought out the help of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York.
The news, is already hailed as revolutionary advance in the field of reproductive medicine. When Abrahim was tested for Leigh syndrome, they found less than 1% of his mitochondria (tiny structures found in cells) carried the mutation.
The procedure is fully explained in the video below.