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UK welcomes first baby born from DNA of 3 people

UK welcomes first baby born from DNA of 3 people
May 11 2023 Share

The first baby in the UK created with the DNA from three different people has just been born after groundbreaking IVF procedures were carried out to prevent children from inheriting incurable diseases. 

The treatment is known as mitochondrial donation treatment, and uses tissue from the eggs of healthy female doctors to create IVF embryos that are essentially free of any harmful mutations that can be hereditary. 

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Due to the embryos combining sperm and egg from biological parents with mitochondria from the donor’s egg, the baby is born with genetic material from the donor apart from the usual mother and father. 

99.8% of the DNA still comes from the mother and father, but they have become known as ‘three-parent babies’ nonetheless. 

This is not the first time such a baby was born. In 2016, a US doctor announced the world’s first MDT birth after having treated a Jordanian woman who carried mitochondrial mutations that could cause a fatal condition known as Leigh syndrome. 

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Two separate road accidents see four people hospitalised

Two separate road accidents see four people hospitalised
May 11 2023 Share

Yesterday, at around 1600hrs, police were informed of a traffic accident which had taken place in Triq l-Imqabba, Siġġiewi. 

Police convened immediately on site and found that a 68-year-old man resident of the same locality had lost control of his Toyota Starlet and crashed into a wall. 

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A medical team was called on site and took him to Mater Dei Hospital. He was later certified as having suffered grievous injuries. 

Later, at around 1915hrs, police were informed of another accident, this time in Triq Sir Anthony Mamo, Birkirkara. 

Convening on site, preliminary investigations found that a car crash had taken place between a Volkswagen Golf driven by a 30-year-old woman resident of Imqabba and a Peugeot 208 driven by a 25-year-old French man resident of Mellieħa. 

Riding passenger in the Peugeot were three men, aged 27, 25 and 21, and a 19 year old woman, all of French nationality and residents of Mellieħa.

A medical team was called onto the site, taking the 30-year-old woman and the 25 and 19 year old passengers to Mater Dei. 

The 25-year-old was certified as having suffered serious injuries, the 19 year old sustained grievous injuries and the woman suffered only light injuries. An inquiry has been opened and investigations are ongoing. 

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Man grievously injured in Gozo beach buggy incident

Man grievously injured in Gozo beach buggy incident
May 11 2023 Share

A 35 year old man and a 34 year old woman, both residents of Birkirkara, were taken to Gozo General Hospital at around 1015hrs yesterday due to a traffic accident in Triq Daħlet Qorrot, in the Nadur, Gozo area. 

Preliminary investigations showed that the man, who was driving a Sheng Wo FX400 beach buggy lost control of the vehicle and flipped over. The woman was riding along with him.

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They were given medical assistance by a first response team and then taken to hospital via an ambulance. The woman suffered no injuries but the man suffered grievous injuries. 

An inquiry has been opened and an investigation is ongoing. 

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Marvel & Barbie actor Simu Liu currently filming in Malta

Marvel & Barbie actor Simu Liu currently filming in Malta
May 10 2023 Share

World famous Canadian actor Simu Liu, known for recently taking on the role of Shang Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is currently in Malta filming for his next project.

Taking to Twitter, the actor wrote: ‘So I’m shooting in Malta and I know next to nothing about this beautiful country. Shout out your (recommendations)!’. 

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Liu also posted a story to Instagram as to where he is filming, drawing an arrow into the water and indicating a water-based scene. The story suggests that Liu is filming in the shallow tank of the Malta Film Commission. 

A quick search indicates that the actor is filming for ‘Last Breath’, which also stars massive actors like Woody Harrelson and Djimon Hounsou. According to Deadline, this is ‘a fact-based narrative thriller that will be directed by Alex Parkinson. He co-directed with Richard da Costa the 2019 documentary of the same title that informs the film.’

Liu will also be starring in the upcoming Barbie movie as one of the many Kens, and boasts a long IMDb list of films, series and other productions. 

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