Jonathan Tilly's research has helped lead to the birth of a baby born with an assist from stem cells.
Jonathan Tilly’s research has helped lead to the birth of a baby born with an assist from stem cells.

22 days ago much of Jonathan Tilly’s research came to fruition in the form of a baby.

The April 13, 2015 birth of Zain Rajani is making headlines because of the breakthrough IVF treatment his parents used to get pregnant with him.

Jonathan Tilly, the chair of the Department of Biology, led the creation of Augment. In this procedure, doctors take egg stem cells from the mother and add them to the existing, poor-quality eggs. The introduction of the mitochondria should improve the poor-quality eggs’ viability, say researchers from OvaScience.

The treatment is not currently offered in the U.S., but Dr. Owen Davis, president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, told Time, “We could be on the cusp of something incredibly important. Something that is really going to pan out to be revolutionary.”

Read Time’s story and see a video of Zain and his parents here.