She suggests babies could be used to create ‘clans’ of large numbers of people, linked through their shared offspring.

The method would also enable the creation of ‘solo’ children from one parent – as well as hope for infertile adults who would not need a donor egg or sperm.

Professor Suter said that while technical challenges remain, IVG ‘potentially allows for methods of procreation that have never been possible before’.

‘IVG could facilitate multiplex parenting, where groups of more than two individuals – whether all male, all female, or a combination – procreate together, producing children who are the genetic progeny of them all,’ she said.

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