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The world’s first genetically modified humans have been created and born in the United States.

The disclosure yesterday that 30 healthy babies were born is provoking a furious debate about ethics.

So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three parents. Genetic fingerprint tests on the one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults –two women and one man.

Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey.

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