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Panel Recommends U.S. Research 'Three-Parent Embryo' Procedure04:43

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A new study from McGill University and UCLA shows that for every additional month of paid maternity leave offered to women in low- and middle-income countries, the infant mortality rates drops by 13 percent. (Pixabay)

A panel from the Institute of Medicine is recommending that the U.S. should allow scientists to research creating embryos with DNA from three genetic parents.

The controversial procedure was legalized in the United Kingdom last year, and could help women who have mitochondrial disease give birth to children who are biologically related to them.

Ike Swetlitz, a reporter and researcher for STAT, tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about the recommendation and why the procedure is controversial.

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