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A new in vitro technique could change fertility
At 19 days old, Zain Rajani looks like an ordinary baby boy. He is anything but. His parents, Natasha, 34, and Omar Rajani, 39, of Toronto, spent four years trying to get pregnant. Now they’ve produced the first baby in the world born using a breakthrough in vitro fertilization technique that could dramatically improve the success rate of IVF.
The approach is still being tested—and is controversial to some, not least for its dependence on a type of human stem cell. Many experts, however, are excited by the potential of the technique, called Augment, because it relies on cells that are already present in a woman’s ovaries. It uses the pristine stem cells of healthy, yet-to-develop eggs to try …