What is the meaning of "babies were made that carried" in the following sentence,


To treat maternal infertility, babies were made that carried genetic information from 3 humans.


(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAhjPd4uNFY )


Does "babies were made that carried genetic information" mean "babies were made and babies were carried genetic information" ?

Does "that" in the sentence mean "and babies were" ? Is "that" a relative pronoun with babies as an antecedent? If so, why is the antecedent(babies) not placed right before the relative pronoun?

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    Can you please link to a specific time in the video? Saying "babies were made" sounds very Frankenstein. Usually "let's make a baby" is said in private between friends. Nov 26, 2020 at 14:01
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    Presumably they were 'test tube' babies. The babies carried (had in their chromosomes) genetic information from three people. Nov 26, 2020 at 14:14
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    I remember being told, aged 9, how babies were made. It seems that I am in need of updating. Nov 26, 2020 at 14:45
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    @MichaelHarvey what I was told is true: the postman brought the bits and I was put together in the kitchen. Nov 26, 2020 at 14:56
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    @Weather Vane// 2: 51 in (Source: youtube.com/watch?v=jAhjPd4uNFY )
    – user22046
    Nov 26, 2020 at 15:15

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The "normal" order would be

babies that carried genetic information from 3 humans were made.

But because the relative clause is long and the predicate ("were made") is short the writer has extraposed the relative clause for clarity.

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